Articles written in Resonance – Journal of Science Education
Volume 15 Issue 12 December 2010 pp 1097-1110 General Article
Volume 19 Issue 10 October 2014 pp 936-957 General Article
Volume 21 Issue 4 April 2016 pp 339-351 General Article
Volume 26 Issue 3 March 2021 pp 399-413 General Article
The absolute perfection with which honeybees construct their hexagonal comb cells has astonished human beings since an-cient times. The deep mystery is not why hexagons, but how such a perfect geometrical shape is fabricated, without any geometrical portrait or tools. Do they possess divine intelligence? Recent studies shed light on this revered mystery and show beyond doubt that it is the thermo-mechanical properties of beeswax and the knitting mechanism of bees that remould fresh circular cells into rounded hexagonal shape. How does this remoulding happen? In this article, we describe the inner mechanism involved in such spontaneous transformation of shapes, and explore the hidden mystery behind honeybee’s architecture.
Volume 26 | Issue 6