# Page:Origin of Species 1872.djvu/243

If a number of equal spheres be described with their centres placed in two parallel layers; with the centre of each sphere at the distance of radius ${\displaystyle \times {\sqrt {2}}}$ or radius ${\displaystyle \times }$ 1.41421 (or at some lesser distance), from the centres of the six surrounding spheres in the same layer; and at the same distance from the centres of the adjoining spheres in the other and parallel layer; then, if planes of intersection between the several spheres in both layers be formed, there will result a double layer of hexagonal prisms united together by pyramidal bases formed of three rhombs; and the rhombs and the sides of the hexagonal prisms will have every angle identically the same with the best measurements which have been made of the cells of the hive-bee. But I hear from Professor Wyman, who has made numerous careful measurements, that the accuracy of the