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Polyhedra in physics, chemistry and geometry. (English) Zbl 1050.52002
This is an expository survey paper about the appearance of convex three-dimensional polyhedra in several areas of modern physics and chemistry. Several of the examples concern the investigation of arrangements of points that minimize certain energy functions (e.g. electrons on a sphere). The presentation is lively and entertaining, but it does not follow more traditional terminology about polyhedra (e.g. as in G. M. Ziegler’s book ‘Lecture notes on polytopes’ (1995; Zbl 0823.52002)).

MSC:
52B10 Three-dimensional polytopes
52B55 Computational aspects related to convexity
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