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you fit seven flat shapes together, without overlap, to form a bird, person,
flower, truck, etc? This is an ancient geometric puzzle known as
Tangram. We will have the puzzle pieces and several Tangram challenges for you
The tangram is a puzzle that originated in China during the
Song Dynasty. It was introduced to American in 1815, and from America spread to
England and Europe.
A square (often now made of wood or plastic, but
historically made from a variety of materials, including tortoise shell) is cut
into seven shapes, called tans. From these shapes, a huge variety of figures
can be constructed.
Often, this is turned into a puzzle game, where an outline
of the figure is shown, and you have to figure out how to construct the figure
out of the seven tans.
The Tower of Hanoi (also known as the Tower of Brahma or the
Lucas’ Tower) is a classic brain-teaser. You may have seen it in the film “Rise
of the Planet of the Apes”, where it was used to test the problem-solving
abilities and intelligence of apes. You may also have seen it in the TV show
“Survivor”, where it was used to test the problem-solving abilities and
intelligence of reality television stars.
The goal of the game is to move all of the discs from one
side of the board to the other. There are only two rules. The first is that you
can only move one disc at a time. The second is that you cannot stack a larger
disc on top of a smaller disc.
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