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  • Math Mutations are podcasts done by a single man named Erik Seligman. Erik is from Hillsboro, Oregon, which is where he creates all of his podcasts. In this particular podcast – “Why the Hex?” – Erik explains the reason hexagons are so popular among bathroom tiles and bee hives. He references the Honeycomb Conjecture, which was proposed around 300 AD. This conjecture states that using a hexagon is the best way to divide a surface into regions of equal area with the least total perimeter. That statement is explained by Erik to be the reason most bathroom tiles and all be hives are in the shape of a hexagon. He ends his podcast stating that nature is smarter than mathematicians.
  • Throughout the podcast Erik did not mention the use of any technology, except that of a hexagon, in that it is the smartest way to go when designing one’s bathroom floor.
  • The Honeycomb Conjecture was new to me. Erik stated simple facts that backed up this conjecture, as well as giving his own spin on what he thought on this matter. From watching this podcast, I have learned that hexagons are the best solution when wanting to minimize surface, while still having maximum area.