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A Mathematical Nature Walk by John Adam

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Q.62: How can you model the shape of birds' eggs?

My house has a front porch with three pillars, and the inside-facing part of each pillar, at the top, is a popular spot for birds to build nests; so far we've been host to doves, sparrows, and finches. However, a strong gust of wind in the right direction often demolishes the nests, sadly. But the parent birds are learning: they have decided that the hanging flower baskets are more desirable locations from which to raise a family, and, at the same time, frustrate the local cat population. Great care has to be taken when getting the “host” basket down to water the flowers: several ...

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