Tammes problem

Some natural systems such as this coral require approximate solutions to problems similar to the Tammes problem

In geometry, the Tammes problem is a problem in packing a given number of circles on the surface of a sphere such that the minimum distance between circles is maximized. It is named after a Dutch botanist who posed the problem in 1930 while studying the distribution of pores on pollen grains. It can be viewed as a particular special case of the generalized Thomson problem.

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Journal articles
  • Aste T, Weaire DL (2000). The Pursuit of Perfect Packing. Taylor and Francis. pp. 108–110. ISBN 978-0-7503-0648-5.
  • Wells D (1991). The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry. New York: Penguin Books. p. 31. ISBN 0-14-011813-6.

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