Why do Bees Build Hexagons? Honeycomb Conjecture explained by Thomas Hales

Mathematician Thomas Hales explains the Honeycomb Conjecture in the context of bees. Hales proved that the hexagon tiling (hexagonal honeycomb) is the most efficient way to maximise area whilst minimising perimeter.

Produced by Tom Rocks Maths intern Joe Double, with assistance from Tom Crawford. Thanks to the Oxford University Society East Kent Branch for funding the placement and to the Isaac Newton Institute for arranging the interview.

Bees – Nature’s Mathematicians

I went to meet some bees to see their amazing maths skills at work… Live interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with a special guest appearance from University Challenge’s Bobby Seagull.

Footage from my adventure will be featured soon on Naked Maths.


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