Bridges 2011 Short Paper
Designing Sculptures Inspired by Symmetric High-Genus Fullerenes with Mathematical Beading
(Proceedings pages 523–526)
We present a scenario of building beautiful sculptures inspired by
high-genus molecules utilizing traditional beading techniques. These
hypothetical molecules are highly symmetric trivalent fullerenes
composed of hundreds of exclusively sp2-hybridized carbon atoms,
with multiple handles. We describe the construction rules governing
the structural features of the sculptures, which are basically
two-layer regular polyhedra connected through straight tubules.
Readers can follow the instructions to construct their own sculptures.
The resulting beaded structures elegantly and faithfully reflect
the geometry of the molecules obtained by sophisticated computer
modeling approach, which themselves form a beautiful display of
communication between science and art.