In geometry, a hexagon is a polygon with six edges and six vertices. The internal angles of a regular hexagon are all
120°, and the hexagon has 720 degrees. It has six lines of symmetry. Like squares and equilateral triangles, regular hexagons fit together without any gaps to tile the plane, and so are useful for constructing tessellations. The cells of a beehive honeycomb are hexagonal for this reason and because the shape makes efficient use of space and building materials.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- A hexagon is a fundamental geometric shape. To define, study, and measure hexagons requires mental attributes such as intelligence and rational thought. These attributes stem from our spiritual dimension, which sets us apart from all other known species on Earth. In addition, these attributes are reflections of God's intelligence and rational thought.
- The study of hexagons individually and in groups has revealed how they are related to triangles and other polygons. Thus, through the manipulation of hexagons, additional structures can be obtained.
- Our knowledge of hexagons is also extremely useful for engineers and architects who wish to design things or structures. As noted above, the shape makes efficient use of space and building materials. Thus, this knowledge serves humanity in practical ways as well.
- When we use our knowledge of mathematics and other subjects for the benefit of others, we break down the barriers that separate us from one another and we make progress toward building a peaceful, joyful world.