Wednesday Wallpaper: Impossible Stars

Connecting a quote to comic books to the Internet to a geometer to you

“A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.”

This quote, written by Edward Plunkett (aka Lord Dunsany, his fancy boy writing name), is one I think about every so often. I first read it in a comic book more than 15 years ago, in James Robinson's run of Starman, an unlikely source now that I reflect on it. I like the quote because of it's economy of words, it says so much with so little. And growing up in a little town in California when I first read this, I began to see more and more of the world, through magazines and the Internet, discovering the wonders of the night.

Around the same time Plunkett was writing his first short stories (we’re talking the early 1900’s here) a geometer named Max Brückner was building incredible geometric models, crafting hundreds of stellations and polyhedrons that look like the most beautiful stars you’ve ever seen. Thanks to the Internet I came across these incredible works and they inspired me to create what is today's wallpaper. What a fantastic and wild mind Brückner must have had to envision and create these wondrous shapes, and now I offer you your very own collection of stars.

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