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Kirby Urner

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Posted: Jun 7, 2006 4:46 PM
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If you've visited the world class Chatanooga aquarium, you might have seen the turtle shell covered in hexagons and pentagons.

The label makes reference to Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes, which may likewise be considered in terms of their hexagonal and pentagonal facets.

And more recently, this structure has been found at the micro level: the buckyball or carbon cage C60, consists of hexagons and pentagons as well.

And beyond the buckyballs are the buckytubes (nanotubes), a very hot topic in chemistry these days (also hexagons, and maybe some pentagons if you want caps on either end).

This hexapental theme has been big in my blog of late. If you want to read more, click on the link below (if you're not too superstitious about the URL):


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