A real world honeycomb! Observe that the diagram from lesson 43 is actually a hexagonal tiling of the plane. For larger NxN matrices there are more central hexagons on the largest scale. By tweaking the geometry one could make the pattern regular as in the bee's honeycomb.

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Wow! That hexagonal honeycomb is

identicalto the vacuum structure in James Clerk Maxwell's famous 1861 papers on electromagnetism: Fig 2 on page 38 (by PDF reader pagination, not numbers on scanned pages) ofOn Physical Lines of Force. By J.C. Maxwell, Professor of Natural Philosophy in King's College, London, Part II. - The Theory of Molecular Vertices applied to Electric Currents,available online here. Maybe Maxwell's model was based on the buzz of a beehive?Hi Nigel. Yes, that's true. I was going to mention Maxwell's paper, but I am glad that you have spotted it beforehand. Thanks for the link.

I do not have access to this paper, but look at a 1986 abstract for mathematical modeling of the honeycomb with Fourier Transformation:

Journal of Mathematical Biology

'Mathematical model of honeycomb construction' MR Bell et al

http://www.springerlink.com/content/n3rrj73658488631/

This suggests a connection with that hexagon on Saturn's North pole, which is a location of magnetic fields.

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