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May 08 , 2009

Magic Squares: 50 Brain Teazers

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Magic squares it seems have been around for some 4000 years, possibly starting with the ‘Loh Shu’ square of Chinese legend. They have ever exercised the minds of recreational puzzlers and mathematicians alike; they have featured in art, architecture and books (both novels and learned writings). In this collection I have gathered together a selection from the many sources and added a few touches of my own. It is not a learned text and contains only a modest bit of real maths; it may bore magic square experts, but the intention here is to amuse and tickle the mind.

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The great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said ‘Logic is not a body of knowledge’. I would rather have it that logic is a clear way of thinking, of using knowledge. And that’s what you need to solve many puzzles and teasers. Another famous writer, Stendahl, said ‘Logic is neither a science nor an art, but a dodge’. Well, some of the teasers here…

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