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IBM Academy of Technology

Academy Graphic

Image of our Academy Graphic

What is our Academy graphic and why was it chosen?

The figure inside the circles is an icosahedron, a three-dimensional form bounded by twenty regular triangles.

One hundred years before Euclid, the Greek mathematician, teacher, and philosopher Plato studied polyhedra, which are solids with plane surfaces. The five regular polyhedra still bear his name, the Platonic solids, and the icosahedron is the most sophisticated of the five. In 387 BC, Plato also founded the first Academy, near Athens, which preserved the tradition of classical thought for over eight centuries. It was the most influential school of the ancient world and the western world's first center of higher learning.

The circles serve two purposes:

  • From a graphical point of view, their smooth lines give contrast and balance to the edges of the icosahedron. And, as the Greeks thought of circles as spheres of knowledge, they convey an expanding involvement of our Academy in technical issues important to IBM.
  • The logo thus has its antecedents in the first academy, a mathematician, a teacher, and a philosopher. And it hopefully portrays the IBM Academy as spheres of increasing knowledge and engagement.