I was wondering what people call a certain type of shape. It is the shape formed by an orthogonal projection of a hypercube along one of its longest diagonals.

In other words, fill in the missing entries:

n-simplex : Triangle ->      Tetrahedon        ->  5-cell    ...    
 n-cube   :  Square  ->         Cube           -> Tesseract  ...  
   ?      :  Hexagon -> Rhomibic Dodecahedron  ->     ?      ...

IMPORTANT: I'm looking for the name of the class of shapes, not just the 4D analogue.

  • $\begingroup$ It seems to me your arrows should point in the opposite direction---from right to left. $\endgroup$ – Michael Hardy Dec 10 '12 at 3:53
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelHardy The arrows represent the well known coolness ordering of polytopes, read "X -> Y" as "Y is cooler than X". I think I get your intuition, there are increasing freedoms the way I drew them. e.g. the tetrahedron uniquely specifies the triangle, but not vice-versa. $\endgroup$ – Lucas Dec 10 '12 at 4:16

What you are looking for is the vertex-frist projection of a hypercube. Apparently it seems that the 4d analogue has no special name.

You can read this post for more informations.

Edit: I computed the polytope. Read my blog post about it. Here is a teaser: enter image description here


I got here via A. Schulz's blog entry. As he says, you are looking for the projection of the $(d+1)$-dimensional hypercube (the $(d+1)$-cube for short) along a diagonal. But, actually, any generic projection of the $(d+1)$-cube will give (combinatorially) the same polytope. By "generic" I just mean that the direction of projection is not parallel to any coordinate hyperplane.

A different description is that your polytope is the zonotope obtained as the Minkowski sum of any set of $d+1$ generic vectors in $\mathbb R^d$, where generic means that no $d$ of them lie in a hyperplane.


Is there any chance that you are looking for the name of a {3,4,3} regular convex polychoron? It is called 24-cell (or icositetrachoron, octaplex, octacube polyoctahedron).

Solid orthographic projectionsWireframe Schlegel diagrams (Perspective projection)

24-cell can be derived as a rectified 16-cell (different from 16-cell).

all kinds of 16-cells

Other related polychrons (uniform, but not necessary regular and convex):

polychrons you may find useful

Or if you are looking for a {5,3,3} regular and convex 4D polytope, it is called 120-cell (or hecatonicosachoron).

Solid orthographic projections Wireframe Schlegel diagrams (Perspective projection)

Here is a table I found on Wikipedia that describes the polytope families. Hope you find it useful.

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ That isn't what I'm asking, sorry :( Possibly it is the dual (in some sense) of the 24-cell. $\endgroup$ – Lucas Dec 18 '12 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I want the name of a whole class. $\endgroup$ – Lucas Dec 18 '12 at 11:55

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