Honeycomb Conjecture


Any partition of the plane into regions of equal area has perimeter at least that of the regular hexagonal grid (i.e., the honeycomb, illustrated above). Pappus refers to the problem in his fifth book. The conjecture was finally proven by Hales (1999, 2001).

See also

Hexagon, Hexagon Tiling, Hexagonal Grid, Honeycomb, Perimeter, Tessellation, Tiling

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