Steiner Points

There are (at least) three different types of points known as Steiner points.


The point S of concurrence of the three lines drawn through the vertices of a triangle parallel to the corresponding sides of the first Brocard triangle is called the Steiner point (Honsberger 1995). It lies on the circumcircle opposite the Tarry point T and has equivalent triangle center functions


It also lies on the Steiner circumellipse. It is Kimberling center X_(99). The Brianchon point for the Kiepert parabola is also the Steiner point (Eddy and Fritsch 1994). The symmedian point K is the Steiner point of the first Brocard triangle (Honsberger 1995, pp. 120-121). The Simson line of the Steiner point is parallel to the line OK, when O is the circumcenter and K is the symmedian point (Honsberger 1995, p. 121).

A second "Steiner point," more properly known as the Steiner curvature centroid, is the geometric centroid of the system obtained by placing a mass equal to the magnitude of the exterior angle at each vertex (Honsberger 1995, p. 120).


A third sort of Steiner point (Steiner 1827-1828; Lachlan 1893, pp. 115-116) arises if triplets of opposites sides on a conic section in Pascal's theorem are extended for all permutations of vertices, 60 Pascal lines are produced. The 20 points of their three by three intersections are called Steiner points. Steiner's theorem states that these points are generated by the hexagons 123456, 143652, and 163254 formed by interchanging the vertices at positions 2, 4, and 6 (where the numbers denote the order in which the vertices of the hexagon are taken). The configuration of Pascal lines for a general hexagon inscribed in a general ellipse are shown above, with Steiner points shown as filled circles. A blow-up of the region in the upper left figure is shown below, illustrating the concurrence of three Pascal lines at each Steiner point.


Each Steiner point lies together with three Kirkman points on a total of 20 lines known as Cayley lines. The Steiner points also lie four at a time on 15 Plücker lines (Wells 1991). There is a dual relationship between the 20 Steiner points and the 20 Cayley lines.

See also

Brianchon Point, Brocard Triangles, Cayley Lines, Circumcircle, Conic Section, Kiepert Parabola, Kirkman Points, Symmedian Point, Pascal Lines, Pascal's Theorem, Plücker Lines, Salmon Points, Steiner Curvature Centroid, Steiner Set, Steiner's Theorem, Steiner Triple System, Tarry Point

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