With Regards to George W. Hart & Seb Perez-Duarte
Hart's discussion about the initial design of the Millenium book ball (using slotted books) is here. It was based on a non-regular version of the polyhedron to which I can only dream of attempting. As it is, I chose the regular pentagonal hexecontahedron with easier to calculate slots.
The image itself was generated with my own custom software written for this purpose.
A Story: In 2000 or so, I wrote a note to George Hart after seeing his 72 Pencils and asked if he wouldn't mind if I did a replica of one for myself.
His response was very kind and said it was okay as long as I gave credit for the design - but what impressed me more was that he suggested I explore and come up with something new. I'm a big fan of that kind of encouragement.
Well, I hope projecting of a panorama and recasting the slots on the rectangles has enough "knob twiddling" (as Hofstadter once described creativity) to make this worth posting.
One Final Note: I should acknowledge my lack of fully realized / physical panorama spheres. Some exist, some are half done - and even now, I'm starting new ones. I guess time will tell if photos of physical models will ever make it to my photo stream. ... If they don't, I apologize in advance: sorry about that.