Soccer balls are iconically made of hexagons and pentagons. But why? Why did Adidas choose this beautifully symmetric shape? The answers lie in the geometry of Platonic solids, and, in particular, of the truncated icosahedron. But there’s more. In recent years, Adidas’s balls were actually designed based on the tetrahedron and the cube…

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