Title

Minimum Perimeter Developments of the Platonic Solids

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

A development of a convex polyhedron is a connected plane figure obtained by cutting the surface of the polyhedron and unfolding it. In this paper, we determine the length and configuration of a minimum perimeter development for each of the Platonic solids. We show that such developments are obtained by cutting the surface of the polyhedron along a Steiner minimal tree. We introduce the concept of Steiner isomorphism to develop a search algorithm for determining these Steiner minimal trees. Each of these trees is completely symmetric with respect to rotation around a fixed point.

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