Meissner Bodies and Releaux Tetrahedron

by Dr. Andreas Loos


Freie Universität Berlin

Meissner bodies have the same thickness in each direction -- like balls. But they are no balls. They have been discovered about 100 years ago and they are still a rich source of open questions. I love this image, because it shows very clearly how these bodies are constructed: Take a Releaux Tetrahedron and replace three edges by spindles. There are two possibilities for this construction -- the two Meissner bodies.

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