The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibition of Surprising Structures Across Dimensions


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Humanity's love affair with mathematics and mysticism reached a critical juncture, legend has it, on the back of a turtle in ancient China. As Clifford Pickover briefly recounts in this book, a comprehensive one on magic squares, Emperor Yu was supposedly strolling along the Yellow River one day around 2200 BC when he spotted the creature: its shell had a series of dots within squares. To Yu's amazement, each row of squares contained 15 dots, as did the columns and diagonals. When he added any two cells opposite along a ...

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