Cracking Kepler's sphere-packing problem
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|Ivars Peterson; Science News Online|
|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|
|Math Topics:||Order/Lattices, Convex/Discrete Geometry, Higher-Dimensional Geometry|
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