Our initial study of the octahedron began with our study of the tetrahedron. It was such a surprise to find the octahedron making up the center of every tetrahedron. And, it was extremely satisfying to find all fourteen objects sharing a common center point and to see that all of these centerpoints were also center of four hexagonal plates. Following our simple logic, when we observe graphene as a single atom thickness, it is always so much more. It is the manifestation of a plate from a period-doubling bifurcation.
We are not sure how many doublings from the first octahedron would we then have fracturing of these plates. Our guess is somewhere between the 67th notation (or doubling) and 87th depending on the element being made.
Here, for example, is the hexagonal plate defining a single cell.
This article was begun on May 3, 2018. It is still a rough draft. It has its origins at MIT in 1979.