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Seven pieces stuck together in different formation to create figures from squares to rabbits Who would have ever thought to connect these pieces together It is not certain who came up with the original Tangram According to Samuel Loyd the American puzzle expert the God Tan invented the puzzle 4000 years ago and described it in the Seven Books of Tan httpwwwgvsuedumathstudentspsmth341-page3html Each of the seven volumes of the Book of Tan contains more than one thousand puzzles that were to explain the creation of the world It is written that the seven pieces were taken from the sun the moon and the five planets of Mars Jupiter Saturn Mercury and Venus httpwwwgvsuedumathstudentspsmth341-page3html The root of the word Tangram has many explanations depending on who you ask One thought involves the Tanka people who are often called the River People of China They were great traders who were involved in the opium trade The western sailors they traded opium with likely played with the puzzle when they visited their Tanka girlfriends Others say that the Tangram is a corruption of the obsolete English word trangam which meant a puzzle or trinket httpwwwgvsuedumathstudentspsmth341-page3html Some say that it may have been developed from the Tang Dynasty of China Tangram has been loved by many thru the years as entertainment educational and mathematical tools Tangrams enjoyed a surge of interest during the 19th century in Europe and America This no doubt was due to the opening up of trade with China and the aforementioned sailors bringing home new found amusements The Chinese Puzzle spawned a flood of books and picture card sets httptangramscainnertanhisthtm It is said that Pythagorean Theorem was discovered in the Orient with help of Tangram pieces Lewis Carroll was reputed to have been a great fan of tangrams He is said to have had in his possession a Chinese book made of tissue paper which had 323 tangram designs in it httpenchantedmindcompuzzlestangramtangramhtml The tangram
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