One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A square divided into smaller squares each containing a number, such that the figures in each vertical, horizontal, and diagonal row add up to the same value.
- ‘In 1972, Richard Schroeppel proved that, if a perfect magic square of order 5 exists, its center number must be 63.’
- ‘Benjamin can also handle magic squares, natural logarithms, cube roots, and much more.’
- ‘One of the most ancient of mathematical curiosities is the so-called magic square.’
- ‘His version of magic square - a variant now termed the Franklin magic square - was inspired by the work of Stifel and Frénicle, both of whose magic squares were of a more traditional variety.’
- ‘It contains the first magic square to be seen in Europe, cleverly including the date 1514 as two entries in the middle of the bottom row.’
magic square/ˈˌmajik ˈskwe(ə)r/
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