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How to Transform a Tube into a Tetrahedron
This page is being used to collect information about the history of how to transform a tube (or envelope) into a tetrahedron. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



As far as I know this design first appears in 'L'Illustration' 2643 of 21st October 1893. It was subsequently republished in Volume 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was also published in 1893.


The effect also appears:


As 'A Cylinder Transformed into a Pyramid' in 'Scientific Amusements' (an English translation of some of the material from volumes 2 and 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit) which was published by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd in London in 1918.



In Vol 6: Issue 3 of 'The Origamian' for Autumn 1966 contained an article, 'A Scientist's Paperfold' about the tetrahedron made from a envelope.