# How old are the Platonic Solids?

@article{Lloyd2012HowOA, title={How old are the Platonic Solids?}, author={D. Lloyd}, journal={BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics}, year={2012}, volume={27}, pages={131 - 140} }

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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