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Researchers Solve Problem Filling Space-- Without Cubes
June 27, 2011
Princeton University researchers have solved a conundrum that has baffled mathematical minds since ancient times--how to fill three-dimensional space with multi-sided objects other than cubes without having any gaps. The discovery could lead to development of new materials and could lead to advances in communications systems and computer security.
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