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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Aitchison’s Octads

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:36 AM

The 759 octads of the Steiner system S(5,8,24) are displayed
rather neatly in the Miracle Octad Generator of R. T. Curtis.

A March 9, 2018, construction by Iain Aitchison* pictures the
759 octads on the faces of a cube , with octad elements the
24 edges of a  cuboctahedron :

The Curtis octads are related to symmetries of the square.

See my webpage "Geometry of the 4×4 square" from March 2004.
Aitchison's p. 42 slide includes an illustration from that page —

Aitchison's  octads are instead related to symmetries of the cube.

Note that essentially the same model as Aitchison's can be pictured 
by using, instead of the 24 edges of a cuboctahedron, the 24 outer 
faces of subcubes in the eightfold cube .

The Eightfold Cube: The Beauty of Klein's Simple Group

   Image from Christmas Day 2005.

http://www.math.sci.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/branched/files/2018/
presentations/Aitchison-Hiroshima-2-2018.pdf
.
See also Aitchison in this journal.

 
 

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