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Before Sudoku: The World of Magic Squares: The Remarkable World of Mathematical Puzzles

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Sudoku has become a vastly popular and even addictive game. But fans may not know that Sudoku is a recent offshoot of the venerable Magic Square, which dates back over 4,000 years to ancient China, where it was literally considered magical. Indeed, Magic Squares have fascinated centuries of mystics, astrologers, and some of the world's most brilliant thinkers, including ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 10th 2008)
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Oct 11, 2013 John rated it really liked it
I played Sudoku before but thought the math of it was too easy. So I didn't play it much. After reading about Magic Squares in this book though. That's where the complexity lies. Sudoku is taken from Latin squares which are very similar to Magic Squares but with slightly different rules. Magic Squares come in many varieties and can be as complex as you want them to be. We're talking eighth dimentional, ninth order magic squares that take a PHD in mathematics to create. So my hope in challenging ...more
Aug 22, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Two UF Chem Engineers reveal a universe of magical squares, pentagons, crosses, diamonds, pyramids, star of david, clusters, zigzags, candelabras, quadruple-bent columns, all flowing with patterned calculations. Admire the methodical designs made by chess moves, see the math in art and design concepts sans computer graphics. Very smart.
Apr 02, 2009 Barb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, math students
Very light overview of the kinds of magic squares that exist. I think this would be an excellent way to introduce of number theory. It is appropriate for any child who knows how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Pretty amazing what numbers do.
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