Dayal, Gautham (2014) PENTOMINOES. At Right Angles, 3 (2). pp. 49-53. ISSN 2582-1873

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Pentomino puzzles were invented (or discovered) in the early 1900s by Henry Dudeney, an English inventor of puzzles (who is unfortunately not as well known as he should be). They then appeared sporadically in recreational mathematical magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. Interest in them was revived when Solomon Golomb wrote about them in the 1950s. They were popularized by Martin Gardener in his column MATHEMATICAL GAMES that appeared in the Scientific American as well as in his books on recreational mathematics. While they are a valuable educational resource in their avatar as puzzles, they can also be used effectively to build spatial intuition.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Dayal, Gautham
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Pentomino, puzzle, spatial, congruent, transformation, translation, rotation, reflection
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
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