## The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibition of Surprising Structures across DimensionsHumanity'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 enthralling book, the most comprehensive in decades on magic squares, Emperor Yu was supposedly strolling along the Yellow River one day around 2200 B.C. when he spotted the creature: its shell had a series of dots within squares. To Yu's amazement, each row of squares contained fifteen dots, as did the columns and diagonals. When he added any two cells opposite along a line through the center square, like 2 and 8, he always arrived at 10. The turtle, unwitting inspirer of the ''Yu'' square, went on to a life of courtly comfort and fame. |

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User Review - themulhern - LibraryThingThis book was disconcerting and seemed rather chaotic. I think I got to page 5. I will try again. Read full review

### Contents

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CHAPTER ONE Magic Construction | 37 |

CHAPTER TWO Classification | 65 |

Squares Cubes and Tesseracts | 147 |

Circles and Spheres | 297 |

Stars Hexagons and Other Beauties | 325 |

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The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibition of Surprising ... Clifford A. Pickover No preview available - 2004 |