4 21 polytope
Orthogonal projections in E_{6}Coxeter plane  

4_{21} 
1_{42} 
2_{41} 
Rectified 4_{21} 
Rectified 1_{42} 
Rectified 2_{41} 
Birectified 4_{21} 
Trirectified 4_{21} 
In 8dimensional geometry, the 4_{21} is a semiregular uniform 8polytope, constructed within the symmetry of the E_{8} group. It was discovered by Thorold Gosset, published in his 1900 paper. He called it an 8ic semiregular figure.^{}
Its Coxeter symbol is 4_{21}, describing its bifurcating CoxeterDynkin diagram, with a single ring on the end of the 4node sequences, .
The rectified 4_{21} is constructed by points at the midedges of the 4_{21}. The birectified 4_{21} is constructed by points at the triangle face centers of the 4_{21}. The trirectified 4_{21} is constructed by points at the tetrahedral centers of the 4_{21}, and is the same as the rectified 1_{42}.
These polytopes are part of a family of 255 = 2^{8} − 1 convex uniform 8polytopes, made of uniform 7polytope facets and vertex figures, defined by all permutations of one or more rings in this CoxeterDynkin diagram: .
4_{21} polytope
4_{21}  

Type  Uniform 8polytope 
Family  k_{21} polytope 
Schläfli symbol  {3,3,3,3,3^{2,1}} 
Coxeter symbol  4_{21} 
Coxeter diagram  
7faces  19440 total: 2160 4_{11} 17280 {3^{6}} 
6faces  207360: 138240 {3^{5}} 69120 {3^{5}} 
5faces  483840 {3^{4}} 
4faces  483840 {3^{3}} 
Cells  241920 {3,3} 
Faces  60480 {3} 
Edges  6720 
Vertices  240 
Vertex figure  3_{21} polytope 
Petrie polygon  30gon 
Coxeter group  E_{8}, [3^{4,2,1}] 
Properties  convex 
The 4_{21} is composed of 17,280 7simplex and 2,160 7orthoplex facets. Its vertex figure is the 3_{21} polytope.
For visualization this 8dimensional polytope is often displayed in a special skewed orthographic projection direction that fits its 240 vertices within a regular triacontagon (called a Petrie polygon). Its 6720 edges are drawn between the 240 vertices. Specific higher elements (faces, cells, etc.) can also be extracted and drawn on this projection.
As its 240 vertices represent the root vectors of the simple Lie group E_{8}, the polytope is sometimes referred to as the E_{8} polytope.
The vertices of this polytope can be obtained by taking the 240 integral octonions of norm 1. Because the octonions are a nonassociative normed division algebra, these 240 points have a multiplication operation making them not into a group but rather a loop, in fact a Moufang loop.
Alternate names
 This polytope was discovered by Thorold Gosset, who described it in his 1900 paper as an 8ic semiregular figure.^{} It is the last finite semiregular figure in his enumeration, semiregular to him meaning that it contained only regular facets.
 E. L. Elte named it V_{240} (for its 240 vertices) in his 1912 listing of semiregular polytopes.^{}
 H.S.M. Coxeter called it 4_{21} because its CoxeterDynkin diagram has three branches of length 4, 2, and 1, with a single node on the terminal node of the 4 branch.
 Dischiliahectohexacontamyriaheptachiliadiacosioctacontazetton (Acronym Fy)  216017280 facetted polyzetton (Jonathan Bowers)^{}
Coordinates
It is created by a Wythoff construction upon a set of 8 hyperplane mirrors in 8dimensional space.
The 240 vertices of the 4_{21} polytope can be constructed in two sets: 112 (2^{2}×^{8}C_{2}) with coordinates obtained from by taking an arbitrary combination of signs and an arbitrary permutation of coordinates, and 128 roots (2^{7}) with coordinates obtained from by taking an even number of minus signs (or, equivalently, requiring that the sum of all the eight coordinates be a multiple of 4).
Each vertex has 56 nearest neighbors; for example, the nearest neighbors of the vertex are those whose coordinates sum to 4, namely the 28 obtained by permuting the coordinates of and the 28 obtained by permuting the coordinates of . These 56 points are the vertices of a 3_{21} polytope in 7 dimensions.
Each vertex has 126 second nearest neighbors: for example, the nearest neighbors of the vertex are those whose coordinates sum to 0, namely the 56 obtained by permuting the coordinates of and the 70 obtained by permuting the coordinates of . These 126 points are the vertices of a 2_{31} polytope in 7 dimensions.
Each vertex also has 56 third nearest neighbors, which are the negatives of its nearest neighbors, and one antipodal vertex, for a total of vertices.
Tessellations
This polytope is the vertex figure for a uniform tessellation of 8dimensional space, represented by symbol 5_{21} and CoxeterDynkin diagram:
Construction and faces
The facet information of this polytope can be extracted from its CoxeterDynkin diagram:
Removing the node on the short branch leaves the 7simplex:
Removing the node on the end of the 2length branch leaves the 7orthoplex in its alternated form (4_{11}):
Every 7simplex facet touches only 7orthoplex facets, while alternate facets of an orthoplex facet touch either a simplex or another orthoplex. There are 17,280 simplex facets and 2160 orthoplex facets.
Since every 7simplex has 7 6simplex facets, each incident to no other 6simplex, the 4_{21} polytope has 120,960 (7×17,280) 6simplex faces that are facets of 7simplexes. Since every 7orthoplex has 128 (2^{7}) 6simplex facets, half of which are not incident to 7simplexes, the 4_{21} polytope has 138,240 (2^{6}×2160) 6simplex faces that are not facets of 7simplexes. The 4_{21} polytope thus has two kinds of 6simplex faces, not interchanged by symmetries of this polytope. The total number of 6simplex faces is 259200 (120,960+138,240).
The vertex figure of a singlering polytope is obtained by removing the ringed node and ringing its neighbor(s). This makes the 3_{21} polytope.
Projections
The 4_{21} graph created as string art. 
E_{8} Coxeter plane projection 
3D
Mathematical representation of the physical Zome model isomorphic (?) to E8. This is constructed from VisibLie_E8 pictured with all 3360 edges of length √2(√51) from two concentric 600cells (at the golden ratio) with orthogonal projections to perspective 3space 
The actual split real even E8 4_{21} polytope projected into perspective 3space pictured with all 6720 edges of length √2^{} 
2D
These graphs represent orthographic projections in the E_{8},E_{7},E_{6}, and B_{8},D_{8},D_{7},D_{6},D_{5},D_{4},D_{3},A_{7},A_{5}Coxeter planes. The vertex colors are by overlapping multiplicity in the projection: colored by increasing order of multiplicities as red, orange, yellow, green.
E_{8} / H_{4} [30] 
[20]  [24] 

(Colors: 1) 
(Colors: 1) 
(Colors: 1) 
E_{7} [18] 
E_{6} / F_{4} [12] 
[6] 
(Colors: 1,3,6) 
(Colors: 1,8,24) 
(Colors: 1,2,3) 
D_{3} / B_{2} / A_{3} [4] 
D_{4} / B_{3} / A_{2} / G_{2} [6] 
D_{5} / B_{4} [8] 

(Colors: 1,12,32,60) 
(Colors: 1,27,72) 
(Colors: 1,8,24) 
D_{6} / B_{5} / A_{4} [10] 
D_{7} / B_{6} [12] 
D_{8} / B_{7} / A_{6} [14] 
(Colors: 1,5,10,20) 
(Colors: 1,3,9,12) 
(Colors: 1,2,3) 
B_{8} [16/2] 
A_{5} [6] 
A_{7} [8] 
(Colors: 1) 
(Colors: 3,8,24,30) 
(Colors: 1,2,4,8) 
k_{21} family
The 4_{21} polytope is last in a family called the k_{21} polytopes. The first polytope in this family is the semiregular triangular prism which is constructed from three squares (2orthoplexes) and two triangles (2simplexes).
Geometric folding
The 4_{21} is related to the 600cell by a geometric folding of the CoxeterDynkin diagrams. This can be seen in the E8/H4 Coxeter plane projections. The 240 vertices of the 4_{21} polytope are projected into 4space as two copies of the 120 vertices of the 600cell, one copy smaller than the other with the same orientation. Seen as a 2D orthographic projection in the E8/H4 Coxeter plane, the 120 vertices of the 600cell are projected in the same four rings as seen in the 4_{21}. The other 4 rings of the 4_{21} graph also match a smaller copy of the four rings of the 600cell.
E8/H4 Coxeter planes  

E_{8}  H_{4} 
4_{21} 
600cell 
[20] symmetry planes  
4_{21} 
600cell 
Related polytopes
Using a complex number coordinate system, it can also be constructed as a 4dimensional regular complex polytope, named as: 3{3}3{3}3{3}3. Coxeter called it the Witting polytope, after Alexander Witting.^{}
The 4_{21} is sixth in a dimensional series of semiregular polytopes. Each progressive uniform polytope is constructed vertex figure of the previous polytope. Thorold Gosset identified this series in 1900 as containing all regular polytope facets, containing all simplexes and orthoplexes.
Space  Finite  Euclidean  Hyperbolic  

E_{n}  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10 
Coxeter group 
E_{3}=A_{2}A_{1}  E_{4}=A_{4}  E_{5}=D_{5}  E_{6}  E_{7}  E_{8}  E_{9} = = E_{8}^{+}  E_{10} = = E_{8}^{++} 
Coxeter diagram 

Symmetry  [3^{−1,2,1}]  [3^{0,2,1}]  [3^{1,2,1}]  [3^{2,2,1}]  [3^{3,2,1}]  [3^{4,2,1}]  [3^{5,2,1}]  [3^{6,2,1}] 
Order  12  120  192  51,840  2,903,040  696,729,600  ∞  
Graph      
Name  −1_{21}  0_{21}  1_{21}  2_{21}  3_{21}  4_{21}  5_{21}  6_{21} 
Rectified 4_21 polytope
Rectified 4_{21}  

Type  Uniform 8polytope 
Schläfli symbol  t_{1}{3,3,3,3,3^{2,1}} 
Coxeter symbol  t_{1}(4_{21}) 
Coxeter diagram  
7faces  19680 total: 240 3_{21} 
6faces  375840 
5faces  1935360 
4faces  3386880 
Cells  2661120 
Faces  1028160 
Edges  181440 
Vertices  6720 
Vertex figure  2_{21} prism 
Coxeter group  E_{8}, [3^{4,2,1}] 
Properties  convex 
The rectified 4_{21} can be seen as a rectification of the 4_{21} polytope, creating new vertices on the center of edges of the 4_{21}.
Alternative names
 Rectified dischiliahectohexacontamyriaheptachiliadiacosioctacontazetton for rectified 216017280 polyzetton (Acronym riffy) (Jonathan Bowers)^{}
Construction
It is created by a Wythoff construction upon a set of 8 hyperplane mirrors in 8dimensional space. It is named for being a rectification of the 4_{21}. Vertices are positioned at the midpoint of all the edges of 4_{21}, and new edges connecting them.
The facet information can be extracted from its CoxeterDynkin diagram.
Removing the node on the short branch leaves the rectified 7simplex:
Removing the node on the end of the 2length branch leaves the rectified 7orthoplex in its alternated form:
Removing the node on the end of the 4length branch leaves the 3_{21}:
The vertex figure is determined by removing the ringed node and adding a ring to the neighboring node. This makes a 2_{21} prism.
Projections
2D
These graphs represent orthographic projections in the E_{8},E_{7},E_{6}, and B_{8},D_{8},D_{7},D_{6},D_{5},D_{4},D_{3},A_{7},A_{5}Coxeter planes. The vertex colors are by overlapping multiplicity in the projection: colored by increasing order of multiplicities as red, orange, yellow, green.
E_{8} / H_{4} [30] 
[20]  [24] 

E_{7} [18] 
E_{6} / F_{4} [12] 
[6] 
D_{3} / B_{2} / A_{3} [4] 
D_{4} / B_{3} / A_{2} / G_{2} [6] 
D_{5} / B_{4} [8] 

D_{6} / B_{5} / A_{4} [10] 
D_{7} / B_{6} [12] 
D_{8} / B_{7} / A_{6} [14] 
B_{8} [16/2] 
A_{5} [6] 
A_{7} [8] 
Birectified 4_21 polytope
Birectified 4_{21} polytope  

Type  Uniform 8polytope 
Schläfli symbol  t_{2}{3,3,3,3,3^{2,1}} 
Coxeter symbol  t_{2}(4_{21}) 
Coxeter diagram  
7faces  19680 total: 17280 t_{2}{3^{6}} 
6faces  382560 
5faces  2600640 
4faces  7741440 
Cells  9918720 
Faces  5806080 
Edges  1451520 
Vertices  60480 
Vertex figure  5demicubetriangular duoprism 
Coxeter group  E_{8}, [3^{4,2,1}] 
Properties  convex 
The birectified 4_{21}can be seen as a second rectification of the uniform 4_{21} polytope. Vertices of this polytope are positioned at the centers of all the 60480 triangular faces of the 4_{21}.
Alternative names
 Birectified dischiliahectohexacontamyriaheptachiliadiacosioctacontazetton for birectified 216017280 polyzetton (acronym borfy) (Jonathan Bowers)^{}
Construction
It is created by a Wythoff construction upon a set of 8 hyperplane mirrors in 8dimensional space. It is named for being a birectification of the 4_{21}. Vertices are positioned at the center of all the triangle faces of 4_{21}.
The facet information can be extracted from its CoxeterDynkin diagram.
Removing the node on the short branch leaves the birectified 7simplex. There are 17280 of these facets.
Removing the node on the end of the 2length branch leaves the birectified 7orthoplex in its alternated form. There are 2160 of these facets.
Removing the node on the end of the 4length branch leaves the rectified 3_{21}. There are 240 of these facets.
The vertex figure is determined by removing the ringed node and adding rings to the neighboring nodes. This makes a 5demicubetriangular duoprism.
Projections
2D
These graphs represent orthographic projections in the E_{8},E_{7},E_{6}, and B_{8},D_{8},D_{7},D_{6},D_{5},D_{4},D_{3},A_{7},A_{5}Coxeter planes. Edges are not drawn. The vertex colors are by overlapping multiplicity in the projection: colored by increasing order of multiplicities as red, orange, yellow, green, etc.
E_{8} / H_{4} [30] 
[20]  [24] 

E_{7} [18] 
E_{6} / F_{4} [12] 
[6] 
D_{3} / B_{2} / A_{3} [4] 
D_{4} / B_{3} / A_{2} / G_{2} [6] 
D_{5} / B_{4} [8] 

D_{6} / B_{5} / A_{4} [10] 
D_{7} / B_{6} [12] 
D_{8} / B_{7} / A_{6} [14] 
B_{8} [16/2] 
A_{5} [6] 
A_{7} [8] 
Trirectified 4_21 polytope
Trirectified 4_{21} polytope  

Type  Uniform 8polytope 
Schläfli symbol  t_{3}{3,3,3,3,3^{2,1}} 
Coxeter symbol  t_{3}(4_{21}) 
Coxeter diagram  
7faces  19680 
6faces  382560 
5faces  2661120 
4faces  9313920 
Cells  16934400 
Faces  14515200 
Edges  4838400 
Vertices  241920 
Vertex figure  tetrahedronrectified 5cell duoprism 
Coxeter group  E_{8}, [3^{4,2,1}] 
Properties  convex 
Alternative names
 Trirectified dischiliahectohexacontamyriaheptachiliadiacosioctacontazetton for trirectified 216017280 polyzetton (acronym torfy) (Jonathan Bowers)^{}
Construction
It is created by a Wythoff construction upon a set of 8 hyperplane mirrors in 8dimensional space. It is named for being a birectification of the 4_{21}. Vertices are positioned at the center of all the triangle faces of 4_{21}.
The facet information can be extracted from its CoxeterDynkin diagram.
Removing the node on the short branch leaves the trirectified 7simplex:
Removing the node on the end of the 2length branch leaves the trirectified 7orthoplex in its alternated form:
Removing the node on the end of the 4length branch leaves the birectified 3_{21}:
The vertex figure is determined by removing the ringed node and ring the neighbor nodes. This makes a tetrahedronrectified 5cell duoprism.
Projections
2D
These graphs represent orthographic projections in the E_{7},E_{6}, and B_{8},D_{8},D_{7},D_{6},D_{5},D_{4},D_{3},A_{7},A_{5}Coxeter planes. The vertex colors are by overlapping multiplicity in the projection: colored by increasing order of multiplicities as red, orange, yellow, green.
(E_{8} and B_{8} were too large to display)
E_{7} [18] 
E_{6} / F_{4} [12] 
D_{4}  E_{6} [6] 

D_{3} / B_{2} / A_{3} [4] 
D_{4} / B_{3} / A_{2} / G_{2} [6] 
D_{5} / B_{4} [8] 

D_{6} / B_{5} / A_{4} [10] 
D_{7} / B_{6} [12] 
D_{8} / B_{7} / A_{6} [14] 
A_{5} [6] 
A_{7} [8] 

See also
 List of E8 polytopes
Notes
References
 T. Gosset: On the Regular and SemiRegular Figures in Space of n Dimensions, Messenger of Mathematics, Macmillan, 1900
 Elte, E. L. (1912), The Semiregular Polytopes of the Hyperspaces, Groningen: University of Groningen
 Coxeter, H. S. M., Regular Complex Polytopes, Cambridge University Press, (1974).
 Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, WileyInterscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 9780471010036 [1]
 (Paper 24) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and SemiRegular Polytopes III, [Math. Zeit. 200 (1988) 345] See p347 (figure 3.8c) by Peter McMullen: (30gonal nodeedge graph of 4_{21})
 Richard Klitzing, 8D, uniform polytopes (polyzetta) o3o3o3o *c3o3o3o3x  fy, o3o3o3o *c3o3o3x3o  riffy, o3o3o3o *c3o3x3o3o  borfy, o3o3o3o *c3x3o3o3o  torfy
Fundamental convex regular and uniform polytopes in dimensions 2–10  

Family  A_{n}  B_{n}  I_{2}(p) / D_{n}  E_{6} / E_{7} / E_{8} / F_{4} / G_{2}  H_{n}  
Regular polygon  Triangle  Square  pgon  Hexagon  Pentagon  
Uniform polyhedron  Tetrahedron  Octahedron • Cube  Demicube  Dodecahedron • Icosahedron  
Uniform 4polytope  5cell  16cell • Tesseract  Demitesseract  24cell  120cell • 600cell  
Uniform 5polytope  5simplex  5orthoplex • 5cube  5demicube  
Uniform 6polytope  6simplex  6orthoplex • 6cube  6demicube  1_{22} • 2_{21}  
Uniform 7polytope  7simplex  7orthoplex • 7cube  7demicube  1_{32} • 2_{31} • 3_{21}  
Uniform 8polytope  8simplex  8orthoplex • 8cube  8demicube  1_{42} • 2_{41} • 4_{21}  
Uniform 9polytope  9simplex  9orthoplex • 9cube  9demicube  
Uniform 10polytope  10simplex  10orthoplex • 10cube  10demicube  
Uniform npolytope  nsimplex  northoplex • ncube  ndemicube  1_{k2} • 2_{k1} • k_{21}  npentagonal polytope  
Topics: Polytope families • Regular polytope • List of regular polytopes and compounds 