Gaze into a Sublime Rendering of 3D Mathematics
This astonishing crystal cube features a laser etching a projection into 3D-space of the Gosset 421 polytope, which is itself a representation of the exceptional Lie group E8. This group is connected to many areas of mathematics, and is regarded with awe by mathematicians for its pervasive presence and order.
Laser etching is a remarkable way to see complex 3D data. High-frequency lasers driven by hand-tooled software are employed to create fine-grained, cleanly drawn structures inside this 80mm glass cube.
E8 has recently received media attention as the centerpiece of A. Garrett Lisi's unified field theory, which if true would mean that it explains most aspects of the observable universe. This projection is notable for showing all 240 vertices, arranged in the concentric circles that appear in the common 2D "spirograph" rendering of this polytope.