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An illustration of hexagonal circle packing

 

Gauss proved that the densest packing of circles in the plane is the hexagonal lattice of the bee's honeycomb (or a bunch of bundled pipes)

 

An illustration of hexagonal circle packing

 

Gauss proved that the densest packing of circles in the plane is the hexagonal lattice of the bee's honeycomb (or a bunch of bundled pipes)

 

by rows there are 2*(5+6+7+8) + 9 = 61 pipes per bundle

By layer 24 + 18 +12 + 6 +1 = 61 pipes per bundle

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Taken on August 25, 2007