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Stomachion - Archemedes Puzzle

Stomachion - Archemedes Puzzle

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The Stomachion is perhaps the world's oldest puzzle and it is very difficult to solve. It is attributed to Archimedes of Greece (287 BC - 212 BC). The 14 acrylic precision cut pieces ,1/4" thick, will make a square and also many other interesting shapes, with each shape requiring all the pieces. It comes with 19 other shapes that can be made beyond the square. The square measures 6" x 6" when completed in the frame. The puzzle in the wood frame and cover measures about 7" x 7"
Stomachion is also known as loculus Archimedius and Syntomachion and Ostomachion

It has been shown that each of the pieces has an area that is a rational fraction (a multiple of 1/48th) of the total area of the dissected parallelogram. It is believed that Archimedes anticipated aspects of combinatorics. Combinatorics involves finding the number of ways a given problem can be solved, subject to well-defined constraints.

Mathematician Bill Cutler determined in 2003 that there are 536 unique ways to assemble the
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Our puzzles and games are handcrafted with care. Most are made in the USA by the Janelle family; some are crafted by friends in Canada, Japan and Mexico and some right here in Albuquerque. Be sure to ask for recommendations.

What's the story behind Puzzled?

Puzzled® was born from a passion for play and the joy of bringing people together through the art of puzzling. Founded by Dan Janelle and Melanie Kintigh in Old Town Albuquerque, our store is a celebration of creativity, curiosity, and community. Drawing from a rich history of craftsmanship and a love for brain teasers, we offer an eclectic mix of handcrafted puzzles and games designed to challenge and delight minds of all ages. At Puzzled®, every piece tells a story, and every visit is an adventure waiting to unfold.

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