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Five tetrahedra with an edge in common

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A simple way to understand why there are only five regular polyhedra is to examine how regular polygons can be disposed around a vertex so that the sum of their angles is smaller than 360°. In the same way, if we want to understand how many 4-dimensional regular politopes there are, we can examine how regular polyhedra can be disposed around an edge so that the sum of their dihedral angles is smaller than 360°. Here we see 5 tetrahedra around an edge (this combination produces the 600-cell); see the other possibilities.

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Other costructions (3D geometry)
Various matters (4D geometry)


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