Forma, Vol. 14 (No. 4), pp. 279-285, 1999

A Short History of Packing Problems

D. Weaire

Physics Department, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

(Received November 19, 1999; Accepted December 15, 1999)

Keywords: Packing, Sphere, Kepler, Bernal

Abstract. Abstract. Packing problems have arisen throughout the history of science. In particular the problem of the densest close packing of spheres has become celebrated as the Kepler Problem. The history of the subject is briefly reviewed, from both mathematical and physical (or practical) standpoints.

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