# Barth Sextic

Barth Sextic is a algebraic surface of degree 6. Its formula is:

b = 0;
ϕ=GoldenRatio;
ContourPlot3D[
4*(ϕ^2*x^2 - y^2)*(ϕ^2*y^2 - z^2)*
(ϕ^2*z^2 - x^2) - (1 + 2*ϕ)*(x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - b^2)^2*b^2,
{x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, {z, -2, 2}, PlotPoints -> {6, 6}]

where ϕ is the golden ratio (ϕ = (1 + Sqrt[5])/2 ≈ 1.61803) and b is the parameter. In the above plot, b=1.

It's interesting because it has the maximum of double points for a degree 6 surface. It has 65 double points.

a double point is like the tip of a cone, a point that satisfies all of the following:

• f[x,y,z] == 0
• D[f[x,y,z],x] == 0
• D[f[x,y,z],y] == 0
• D[f[x,y,z],z] == 0

D[f[x,y,z],x] means derivative with respect to x.

Barth Sextic is found by Wolf Barth in 1996.

• Wolf Barth, Two projective surfaces with many nodes, admitting the symmetries of the icosahedron, Journal of Algebraic Geometry 5 (1994), 173–186.

The related surface is Barth decic of degree 10 with 345 double points.

Barth Sextic has icosahedral symmetry.

When b is 0, the surface is 6 intersecting planes, arranged in a way like 3 sets of x-crossed planes intersecting from mutually orthogonal directions. In the above image, the cleavages is an artifact of plotting software.

Mathematica file

## Reference

Barth Sextic By John Baez. @ http://blogs.ams.org/visualinsight/2016/04/15/barth-sextic/