Fullerenes, Polyhedra, and Chinese Guardian Lions Academic Article uri icon


  • “Science, Technology, and Art Relations” in Tel Aviv. In his lecture “Fullerene-like Architecture in Nano-, Micro-, and Macro-worlds” Eugene Katz showed his photographs of two statues of guardian lions at the Forbidden City in Beijing and mentioned that the lions' paws rest on balls, which, combinatorially, are fullerene polyhedra and their duals. Bih-Yaw Jin challenged him on several points. This short discussion spurred our collaboration on this article, and it became a report on a mathematical tourist detective investigation. Statues of …

publication date

  • January 1, 2016