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Dissections: Plane & Fancy

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Author:Greg Frederickson, Cambridge University Press
Description: A book that explores an area of mathematical recreations, called geometric dissections, or the cutting of one or more figures into pieces that can be rearranged to form other figures. With an emphasis on using as few pieces as possible, these geometrical puzzles have prompted ingenious approaches, leading to many beautiful and elegant constructions. An example is the 5-piece dissection of a regular octagon to a square. Special attention is paid to historical origins, with short biographies of the people who have worked on these problems. Illustrations are reproduced from the book Cyclopedia of Puzzles by Sam Loyd. See Frederickson's Geometric Dissections on the Web.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Books
Math Topics: Triangles and Other Polygons, Symmetry/Tessellations, History and Biography

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