Appreciating Art, Design, Science, and Nature Simultaneously (Discovering Science As Art).
I absolutely enjoy both being out in nature and studying nature. You can learn a great deal just by watching how nature works (these are typically things the average person doesn’t even glance at on any given day). This is an age-old debate about scientists versus artists and how they appreciate nature on different levels. So, can we enjoy science as art and vice-versa?
If one is to enjoy studying nature as well as being in nature, can one actually enjoy both the science of the subject as well as the visual nature of the subject? My answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
This is a never-ending story so for just this one post, let’s focus on the common shape of choice by nature: hexagons. The hexagon is one of her favorites!
Honeybees are so important to mankind that I think they are a good subject to start with. So, why is it that honeybees build their honeycomb using hexagon shapes? Let’s look into the science of this.
If you do a bit of research on honeybees and beeswax, you will find that the energy it takes for the bees to create beeswax is quite a bit. They consume eight ounces of honey for every one-ounce of wax they make. They need to make sure that they aren’t wasting resources when creating beeswax structures to house their nectar and honey.
This is why they create geometric structures: Because it’s the most efficient shape for the purpose. Here’s an interesting Ted-Ed Video about this very subject.
During the Paleogene Period, (50 to 60 million years ago or so) successive lava flows were inching their way towards the coastline and cooling off when reaching the sea. The lava formed layers of basalt columns where pressure between the columns sculpted the rock into shapes that vary from 15 to 20 inches (38 to 51 cm) in diameter and measure up to 82 feet (25 metres) in height.
These interesting stone pillars number about 40,000, each typically with five to seven irregular sides, jutting out of the cliff faces almost appearing to be steps slowly creeping into the sea. This area is called Giant’s Causeway in Nothern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Have fun looking for and recognizing hexagons in nature in all their great diversity. Geometry, science, and nature — all great art subjects, don’t you think?
Can you think of any hexagons you commonly see in nature? I’d love for you to share your findings in the comments below.
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