Pl眉cker Collection

The Society possesses a series of 14 wooden models of quartic surfaces constructed under the direction of Professor Julius Pl眉cker, in illustration of the theory developed in his posthumous work, "Neue Geometrie des Raumes gegr眉ndet auf die Betrachtung der geraden Linie als Raumelemente," Leipzig, 1869.

The circumstances surrounding the donation of the boxwood models are described in letters from Julius Pl眉cker to Thomas Archer Hirst written during 1866 and 1867. The models themselves are described by Arthur Cayley in his paper 鈥極n Pl眉cker鈥檚 Models of certain Quartic Surfaces鈥, published in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society(1869) s1-3 (1): 281-285

Pl眉cker-Hirst letters

Images of all 14 of the Pl眉cker boxwood models are shown below. The models are currently on display at the Society's Headquarters; , 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS, with four of them also displayed at the Guildhall, London as part of the exhibition听Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics behind Wiilliam De Morgan's Ceramic Design,听which ran until 28 October 2018.

The photographs are shown with permission of the Science Museum, where the models were on display until 2015.