Piano-Hinged Dissections: Time to Fold!

1st Edition

Greg N. Frederickson

A K Peters/CRC Press
Published November 30, 2006
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9781568812991 - CAT# K00466

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Summary

A dissection involves cutting a polygon into pieces in such a way that those pieces form another polygon; for a hinged dissection, the pieces must be attached by hinges. A piano hinge is "a long narrow hinge with a pin running the entire length of its joint." So, unlike regular hinged dissections, which swing or twist (around single point of hinge), piano-hinged dissections fold along an edge. This book discusses the history, methods, and variations of these dissections and is rich with illustrations that clearly depict the cuts of the dissections and three-dimensional simulations of the dissections in the process of being folded. A CD that includes video recordings of select dissections being transformed accompanies the book.

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