Thursday, January 03, 2008

The American flag is inefficient

America is backed by an image and symbol that is inefficient.



The stars represent the 50 states. I have no idea what the candy stripe is about it is probably an ad for a barbers or something.

Anyway is the packing of these 50 stars efficient? If you are not willing to make the symbol of your nation efficient what does that say? What can you think about a country if they are willing to waste fabric in a flag? This is fabric that adds to the cost to schools to buy a flag. This is fabric that could be used to bandage the wounds of injured puppies. So in the name of all that is efficient lets see if I can fix the flag to something less crap.

Each star is a state and they should all be equal minimum gaps between them. The current attempt at a flag does not have all neighbouring stars the same distance so I do not need to.
The stars are going to be modeled as circles (with stars in the middle) The use of circles ensures the stars will be kept a minimum distance apart.

Now you might guess that the best way to pack circles is in the hexagonal (green grocer) formation where the upper layer falls between the circles in the lower layer.
This is obviously better then a square packing.




But this is not the most efficient way to pack circles into a square.


Now the flag circle holding part is rectangular not square. Does this effect how we should pack stars into it?
For a 5*1 rectangle the hexagonal packing is still not best


How about for the 6*5 packing used in the flag?

Of course no one really thinks all states are equal. If you allow some states to have smaller stars then others you can come up with even more interesting patterns.

4 comments:

charles said...

you are a dolt

David said...

i agree

Eric Vitiello said...

FYI, There is one stripe for each of the original colonies.

Krystyne said...

Ok. for one thing, the colors of the flag are symbolic in themselves. Red signifies hardiness and voler; Blue is vigilance, preservation and justice; White is symbolic of purity and innocence. The stars, other than representing the states is symbolic of the heavens. The stripes, one for each of the ORIGINAL 13 colonies.

The flag is FULL of meanings and is NOT inefficient.

Thank you.