Benjamin Franklin's 8x8 Magic Square

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Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. It is easy to see how a person of such diverse talents could have invented this interesting magic square.







See W. S. Andrews, Magic Squares and Cubes (New York: Dover, 1960). Chapter 3, entitled "The Franklin Squares," begins by quoting Franklin's original account of his discovery, as found in "Letters and papers on Philosophical subjects by Benjamin Franklin, LL.D., F.R.S.," London, 1769.
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