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Series 3, Episode 5: Twelve Pentagons

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Another episode of the podcast that fears no detail, where Matt talks balls, Steve talks fiery rings and Helen sings a tortoise into space.

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And here’s a load of extra Unnecessary Detail from this episode:


UK Football Stadium Street Sign       

The Impossiball! From the front…

…and from the side…

The octagonally tiled wedding cake in all its (un)mathematical glory

Space Animal Scrapbook (the Soviet tortoise is halfway down the right hand page)

Hexagonal tortoises? Check!

Even more geometric is the Geometric Tortoise, Psammobates geometricus.

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