How old are the Platonic Solids?

  title={How old are the Platonic Solids?},
  author={D. Lloyd},
  journal={BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics},
  pages={131 - 140}
  • D. Lloyd
  • Published 2012
  • Mathematics
  • BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics
Recently a belief has spread that the set of five Platonic Solids has been known since prehistoric times, in the form of carved stone balls from Scotland, dating from the Neolithic period. A photograph of a group of these objects has even been claimed to show mathematical understanding of the regular solids, a millennium or so before Plato. I argue that this is not so. The archaeological and statistical evidence do not support this idea, and it has been shown that there are problems with the… Expand
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