Why are some geometric shapes found in nature but not others?

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Offline acekyle

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Ace asked the Naked Scientists:
   
hey naked geeks!

I am a grad student @ cornell university.

Why are some particular and well defined geometric shapes (mostly in base 6, with the exception of pentagons) present in nature. for example:

Pentagons: some flowers, start fruit, cross section of an apple, some slowers, cross section of an orange (2x5=10, mostly)
Hexagons: honeycomb, many flowers, snow crystals

and not, say, 7, 11, 2, etc

Thanks very much!

Ace

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 21/05/2010 12:30:03 by _system »

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Offline latebind

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Why are some geometric shapes found in nature but not others?
« Reply #1 on: 21/05/2010 13:20:36 »
Interesting question.

I suppose evolution and efficient design have a role to play.

There is a similar thread here :
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=27274.0;topicseen
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