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The Tangram Book
     

The Tangram Book

by Jerry Slocum, Jacob Botermans, Dieter Gebhardt, Monica Ma, Xiaohe Ma
 

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This first truly comprehensive and beautiful volume on one of the world's most popular and intriguing puzzles comes in two parts. It's an authoritative, lavishly photographed history of Tangrams that reveals the mystery and beauty of this ancient art, and also a masterful introduction to Tangram puzzle-solving, with more than 2,000 all-time puzzles which you can try

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This first truly comprehensive and beautiful volume on one of the world's most popular and intriguing puzzles comes in two parts. It's an authoritative, lavishly photographed history of Tangrams that reveals the mystery and beauty of this ancient art, and also a masterful introduction to Tangram puzzle-solving, with more than 2,000 all-time puzzles which you can try to solve. This accurate history of this classic Chinese art form comes from a Tangram museum owner and his research team. They discovered many treasures, such as the Tangram sets used by Chinese mathematicians 2,200 years ago to test Pythagorean theorems. You'll see the Tangrams Napoleon played with during his exile. Photos show how to arrange Tangram-shaped antique dinner tables for a variety of themes such as mountain ranges, flower arrangements, and celebration costumes. Among the puzzles for you to solve: "paradoxical pairs" that appear to be identical, but differ in a hard-to-detect detail.

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Library Journal
Tangrams, or Chinese puzzles, are deceptively simple-looking design figures formed from pieces of tile cut into geometric shapes. The problem lies in trying to form a pictured figure without knowing where the pieces are joined. With this book, Slocum (Puzzles Old and New) and a research team complete a project to find and translate every historic reference to tangrams ever published. The result is a fascinating historical summary, well illustrated with color facsimile pages and photographs of antique tangram sets. The last half of the book is devoted to sample problems from historic books along with line drawings showing solutions. Puzzle enthusiasts will love this book on a little-known topic. Highly recommended for collections on antiques, gaming, and all things Chinese. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402716881
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.51(d)

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