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424]), but this geometry is degenerate in the same sense in which a triangle is a degenerate projective plane. It is therefore more natural to study these structures from the point of view of polytope theory, and to regard them as abstract polytopes. As another inﬂuence, we mention the work of Dress and others on classiﬁcation problems for tilings in spaces of two or more dimensions (see [149, 151–154, 317]). 21 22 2 Regular Polytopes In this chapter, we introduce the basic notation and concepts of the theory of abstract regular polytopes.

A map on a surface is polytopal if its face-set is a 3-polytope. The example of the torus map with only one square face is not polytopal. More generally, a member of a family of posets is called polytopal if it is an abstract polytope. Returning to the general discussion, we observe that polytopes of rank at most 2 are essentially trivial. A polytope of rank −1 consists of the single face F−1 (= Fn ), together with the trivial partial order. A polytope of rank 0 has only two faces – the improper faces F−1 and F0 (= Fn ).

N−1 = Γ (Fk /F−1 ) × Γ (Fn /Fk ). Proof. The ﬁrst equations follow from Propositions 2B7 and 2B9. Further, by Proposition 2B11, if i < k < j, then ρi ρ j = ρ j ρi . It follows that each element of ρ0 , . . , ρk−1 commutes with each of ρk+1 , . . , ρn−1 . Hence Γk = ρ0 , . . , ρk−1 ρk+1 , . . , ρn−1 = ρk+1 , . . , ρn−1 ρ0 , . . , ρk−1 , a product of normal subgroups of Γk (note that one or other subgroup is trivial if k = 0 or n − 1). But, by Proposition 2B10, the intersection of the subgroups is trivial, so that we have an internal direct product.