Bucky Ball

  • Item # 51 – The Bucky Ball

Bucky balls are named after Buckminster Fuller, who popularized the geodesic dome.  The shape defined by Bucky balls is also found in the Carbon 60 molecule, a form of pure carbon with 60 atoms in a nearly spherical configuration.  You may also have seen this design on soccer balls.

Bucky balls consist of 60 points on the surface of a spherical shape where the distance from any point to its nearest neighboring three points on the sphere is identical for all points.

Bucky Ball - folded from 60 equilateral triangles

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