Archimedes Square Stomachion Puzzle

Archimedes Square Stomachion puzzle

Archimedes Square puzzle

Possibly the world’s oldest puzzle, developed over 2200 years ago by Greek mathematician Archimedes, this puzzle was not widely known until fairly recently. Consisting of 14 polygons (3-,4-, and 5-sided aka lattice polygons) of varying sizes and shapes that combine to produce a square, this mathematical challenge has over 500 solutions at last count.

The original concept of this puzzle lies in the problem of dissecting the area of a square into forms with whole number ratios. But is just as much fun as a not-so-simple puzzle, or perhaps used to create or match 2-D forms as with a Chinese tangram.

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