Bee Trivia: The exact same bee hive?

The hive is a strict hexagonal cylinder. It has a hexagonal opening at one end and a closed…

The hive is a strict hexagonal cylinder. It has a hexagonal opening at one end and a closed hexagonal pyramid at the other end, consisting of three identical diamonds. At the beginning of the 18th century, the French scholar Malalci had measured the size of a large number of honeycombs. What surprised him was that all the obtuse angles of the diamonds that make up the chassis are 109°28′, all acute angles are 70°. 32′. Later, after the French mathematician König and the Scottish mathematician Mark Lorraine theoretically calculated, it would be the angle to make the largest diamond-shaped container if the least amount of material is to be consumed. In this sense, the bee can be called a “genius mathematician and designer.”


Bee Trivia: The exact same bee hive?
Bee Trivia: The exact same bee hive?

The structure of the hive is surprising, and it can be said that it is a magical work in nature. It can be seen that the world of bees, which is still not well known, can only be seen from the perspective of the hive, and human wisdom in terms of natural creativity is far less than them. As a kind of insect with excellent sociality, the bee has survived and prospered from the past more than human history, and brought us many benefits such as honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen and beeswax. At the beginning of the new century, in the process of making the nest frame, the creativity and incredibleness of the bees made us ponder.


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