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Magic Squares, Shapes and Solids

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered how Benjamin Franklin and an ancient Chinese turtle can be related? The answer: magic.   For centuries, mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike have been studying this puzzle referred to as a Magic Square. A puzzle—not dissimilar to Sudoku—that is constantly altered, expanded and redefined to promote more research and ultimately entwine Franklin and turtle. Now I know many think math is magic: professors pulling variables and symbols out of seemingly nowhere just to make them all disappear again. But, Magic Squares obtain their name from the history and ability to captivate many minds rather than anything Houdini related. Magic Squares have varying origins depending on the cultures, but the earliest origin dates back to 23 BCE when a storm struck Ancient China. The people of China, desperate to calm the storm, attempted to sacrifice a turtle...

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