Another Packing Problem
Packing things poses some surprisingly complicated mathematical problems. Like some of the nastiest problems in math, there isn’t necessarily a standard algorithm you can use to figure out how to pack things efficiently.
I tried to put five hard-boiled eggs in a cylindrical tupperware container.
But the top wouldn’t quite close.
Perturbed, I squeezed the eggs into the cylinder in a different manner. This took some doing, as they kept falling over.
But they fit! And amazingly, they didn’t even touch the bottom!