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Submission + - New Twist On Ancient Math Problem Could Improve Medicine, Microelectronics (sciencedaily.com)

Fnord666 writes: A hidden facet of a math problem that goes back to Sanskrit scrolls has just been exposed by nanotechnology researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.

Called the "filling problem," it seeks the best way to cover the inside of an object with a particular shape, such as filling a triangle with discs of varying sizes. Unlike the traditional packing problem, the discs can overlap. It also differs from the "covering problem" because the discs can't extend beyond the triangle's boundaries.

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New Twist On Ancient Math Problem Could Improve Medicine, Microelectronics

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