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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Peterson writes about magic squares, quoting Benjamin Franklin's interest in them. In addition to giving a few examples, Peterson also mentions Victor E. Hill IV's musing about whether the discoverer of the magic square actually set out to find an example that added up correctly in so many ways, or serendipitously stumbled upon the patterns when examining different squares - how much was accident and how much intent? Hill went on to ask the same, essentially unresolvable question of Bach's music. How much of the mathematical order that we find in his compositions did Bach deliberately insert?

Levels: High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Manipulatives, Articles
Math Topics: Number Sense/About Numbers, Patterns/Relationships, Music

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