Tesseract Magick [Part I of III]
© Michael A. Eckhard, 2009. Permission is freely granted to distribute this work so long asthe document is left unaltered.2The figure below is referred to mathematically as an adjacency matrix, which I will refer to as the
for convenience. The base table can show one how to verify all faces and even cubes in thetesseract and theirrelationships to eachother. Let us nowlearn about therelationships that canbe discovered usingthis table.Using the basetable, it is easy toidentify all of the 24faces of thetesseract. All rowsand columns reflect aface, so for examplevertices 5,4,12 and 13 form a face and vertices 5,7,3 and 1 form a face as well. Please take a moment toreview on the tesseract drawing to verify you understand. Now that you have verified the vertices of 8faces, we can discover the others.On the base table, a 2x2 grouping of squares is also a face, so for example vertices 8,9,10 and 11form a face as does 10,2,6 and 14. Note that as you move from right to left, these faces “wrap around”back to the other side. For example, the squarelabeled 5 in the top right wraps around to 1,9 and 13to form a square. For your convenience I have shownsmall squares to help illustrate this for you, insertingmore “phantom base squares” to aid inunderstanding. With the (16) additional faces nowshown, we can now identify all faces on a tesseract.