The kissing number of a sphere is 12. This led Fejes Tóth (1943) to conjecture that in any unit sphere packing, the volume of any Voronoi cell around any sphere is at least as large as a regular dodecahedron of inradius 1. This statement is now known as the dodecahedral conjecture. It implies a bound of on the packing density for sphere packing, and thus provides a bound on the densest possible sphere packing. It is not, however, sufficient to establish the Kepler conjecture (which implies ).
See alsoKepler Conjecture, Kelvin's Conjecture, Kissing Number, Sphere Packing
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