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Topic: honeycombs
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Martin Brown

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Registered: 12/13/04
Re: honeycombs
Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:19 AM
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On 23/01/2013 22:22, RichD wrote:
> On Jan 21, Martin Brown <|||> wrote:
>>> I saw a news item about a new technique to draw CO2 from
>>> the atmosphere. It's a chemical process, using amines,
>>> which binds with the molecule, coated on a large structure,
>>> in the shape of a honeycomb.

>>> According to the story, this maximizes surface area.
>>> ok, mathematicians, which function gets optimized by a
>>> honeycomb? What are the constraints and assumptions?

>> 2D problem to *minimise* the surface area to occupy a given volume. Bees
>> use it to make honeycomb with the least amount of wax.
>> It is not difficult to show that the angle between sides must be 120
>> degrees and that equal lengths minimise total length/area occupied.
>> They have the structure just about as wrong as it is possible to be
>> unless the stuff they are making it out of is extremely precious.

> ?

Had to look up the Honeycomb conjecture - it was finally proved in 1999
by Hales see Mathworld. Later than I thought - it always seemed likely.

Martin Brown

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