As beeks, you’re more intimately familiar with bees’ awesome abilities in the production of honey. You understand their intricate social structure and the sophisticated level of collaboration that goes into each spoonful of honey that regular folks stir into their coffee or cereal, blithely unawares of everything that had to happen before.
Sometimes, it may even make you kind of angry.
But, in addition to their incredible honey-producing skills, scientists claim that honeybees are excellent mathematicians. They can calculate precise angles and can even comprehend the roundness of the earth. Because the hive is so central to bees’ survival, they’ve learned to perfect the architectural design.
If you study a honeycomb, you’ll notice that it’s composed solely of hexagonal (or six sided) designs in wax. Bees have to consume 8 ounces of honeys just to produce one ounce of wax. So they don’t want to waste it. So why, of all the possible shapes, why do bees prefer these ones?
Find out in this video from TED-Education.