Ant and honey on the prism

The paper reveals mathematical secrets through an interesting concept of the game, in which it is necessary to determine: “What is the shortest path between the ant and a drop of honey?”


The author met with this assignment almost 40 years ago, and several questions have been raised to this day. What is the shortest path on the prism? What if the same settings were applied to the roller? Is the solution simple or does it require complex mathematics?

“Ant and honey on the prism” is the last work of the little trilogy by Zlatko Sirotić:

  1. Structural complexity of algorithms
  2. Return to the Prologue – part 2
  3. Ant and honey on the prism