Alicia Boole Stott

Alicia Boole Stott was an Irish woman of the end of the 19th century who worked on four dimensional geometry. Although she never studied mathematics, nor went to a University, she learned herself to ``see'' the fourth dimension. She is remembered for finding all three dimensional sections of the four dimensional polytopes (i.e., the analogues of the Platonic solids in three dimensions), and for the discovery of many of the semi-regular polytopes. She built beautiful models of the sections of the polytopes. Due to her close collaboration with Professor P. H. Schoute of Groningen, a collection of some of her models is present at the University of Groningen.

Name Title Date of Making Object Material
120-cell-D Diagonal sections 120-cell ~1890 2D drawings Paper
120-cell-D Diagonal sections 120-cell ~1890 3D model Cardboard
600-cell-P Perpendicular sections 600-cell ~1890 3D model and 2D drawing Cardboard and paper
600-cell-D Diagonal sections 600-cell ~1890 3D model and 2D drawing Cardboard and paper