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Cracking Kepler's sphere-packing problem

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Author:Ivars Peterson; Science News Online
Description: The familiar piles of neatly stacked oranges at a supermarket represent a practical solution to the problem of packing spheres as tightly as possible. Thomas C. Hales proved that no other arrangement of identical spheres fills space more efficiently, solving a problem that had stymied mathematicians for more than 300 years.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Order/Lattices, Convex/Discrete Geometry, Higher-Dimensional Geometry

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