Origami tesseract

Like Matt Parker’s drinking straws held together by pipe cleaners, this is an easy way to explore the symmetry of the
four-dimensional companion of the cube without fancy modelling software or a rapid prototyping machine. The wireframe oblique projection uses 24 sheets of A4 paper to create two classic origami cubes placed in parallel and joins their vertices with slanted beams. In a real tesseract these connections are made through a fourth axis but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to rip a hole into another dimension. Nevertheless, the model is a simple way in which to begin to understand the shape as a continuation of the dimensions we already experience. A point is to a line as a line is to a square, a square is to a cube as a cube is to a cubic prism. Continue reading