A Polyhedral Journey, Beginning with a Near-Miss Johnson Solid Featuring Enneagons

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When Norman Johnson first found, and named, all the Johnson solids in the latter 1960s, he came across a number of “near-misses” — polyhedra which are almost Johnson solids. If you aren’t familiar with the Johnson solids, you can find a definition of them here. The “near-miss” which is most well-known features regular enneagons (nine-sided polygons):

ennneagonal-faced near-miss

This is the dual of the above polyhedron:

ennneagonal-faced near-miss dual

As with all polyhedra and their duals, a compound can be made of these two polyhedra, and here it is:

ennneagonal-faced near-miss base=dual compound

Finding this polyhedron interesting, I proceeded to use Stella 4d (polyhedron-manipulation software, available at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php) to make its convex hull.

Convex hull of near-miss base-dual compound

Here, then, is the dual of this convex hull:

dual of Convex hull of near-miss base-dual compound

Stella 4d has a “try to make faces regular” function, and I next used it on the polyhedron immediately above. If this function cannot work, though — because making the faces regular is mathematically impossible…

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