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Honeybees and how they use mathematics

Room 2-1, Mathematics Building
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The talk at the 2014 Midwinter Mathematics Morning will be delivered by Prof Christian Pirk, an expert on the behaviour of honeybees.

Honeybees dance and thereby communicate the distance and direction of a food source to fellow nest mates - one of the few examples of language use by non-mammals. They not only communicate, they can also count up to four and solve optimisation problems of which the hexagonal structure of the wax cells is an example.

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