Thursday, July 10, 2008

A beaded fullerene in hand is worth two in computers.

High-genus fullerenes belonging to icosahedral group are beautiful molecules. We can expect their beaded models should be even more aesthetically pleasing. The only problem is that they are hard to make, not only because so many beads are needed even for very simple systems, but also because the algorithmic rules to generate them are quite complicated. Here we finally have the first beaded two-layer dodecahedron with twelve connected holes in its preliminary stage designed and cteated by Chern Chuang. Since this preliminary structure is already quite amazing, so I scan it and posted it here. 

Amusingly, this structure reminds me of Darth Vader in Star Wars. How do you think?

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