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The Loculus of Archimedes, Solved
Author

Ed Pegg
Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Department: Scientific Information Group
Revision date

2003-11-17
Description

Loculus The world's oldest puzzle has been solved. 2200 years ago, Archimedes invented a puzzle variously called the Loculus, the Stomachion, the Ostomachion, the Syntemachion, or Archimedes' Box. In November of 2003, Bill Cutler used a computer program to enumerate all solutions. Barring rotations and reflections, there are 536 distinct solutions.

The attached notebook lists all solutions.
Subject

*Mathematics > Recreational Mathematics
Keywords

tangram, loculus, stomachion, ostomachion, Archimedes
Related items

*Stomachion of Archimedes   [in MathSource: Packages and Programs]
URL

http://maa.org/editorial/mathgames/mathgames_11_17_03.html
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