Sunday, February 8, 2009

Alicia Boole Stott

Alicia Boole Stott, 1860-1940, was born in Cork, Ireland. Although she never studied mathematics she was able to visualize geometric forms in hyperbolic space. She is remembered for finding all three dimensional sections of the four dimensional polytopes and for discovering many of the semi-regular polytopes. She coined the term "polytope" to refer to a convex solid in four dimensions. She built beautiful models of polytopes.

"Perpendicular sections of the 600-Cell. Section number 7." Alicia Boole Stott
The University of Groningen, Netherlands

Riddle, Larry ( "Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Alicia Boole Stott". Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo Credit
Blanco, Irene Polo and van der Zalm, Lotte. "Mathematical models of surfaces, Alicia Boole Stott, 600(P), nr. 7". University of Groningen.

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