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Ancient Puzzle Gets New Lease on 'Geomagical' Life 73

techbeat writes "An ancient mathematical puzzle has found a new lease on life, reports New Scientist. The magic square is the basis for Sudoku, pops up on the back of a turtle in Chinese legend and provides a playful way to introduce children to arithmetic. But all this time it has been concealing a more complex geometrical form, says recreational mathematician Lee Sallows. He recently released dozens of examples of his 'geomagic squares' online. 'To come up with this after thousands of years of study of magic squares is pretty amazing,' blogged author Alex Bellos. Magic squares are used to help create codes for transmitting information and in the design of drug trials so geomagic ones may have real-world uses, says mathematician Peter Cameron. New Scientist has also put up a gallery of the geomagic squares."
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Ancient Puzzle Gets New Lease on 'Geomagical' Life

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  • Not exactly a turtle (Score:5, Informative)

    by jsse ( 254124 ) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @06:08AM (#35006372) Homepage Journal
    It was no ordinary turtle. It is called a dragon turtle which is huge in size with a dragon head: []

    Legend said that it carried strange messages on its shell. The messages looked simple (as you can see in the picture above) but people later found the complex meanings behind them.

    This messages are the building blocks of most numerologies in ancient China, including Fengshui and I-Ching.

    This is one of the most famous OPA (Out of Place Artifact) in China history.

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