Succinctly definied by MathsIsFun.com, a Magic Square is “a square filled with numbers so that the total of each row, each column and each main diagonal are all the same.”
The Knight’s Tour is a thousand-year-old pattern that’s revealed when a knight, following its traditional L-shaped chess movement, visits every square on a chessboard.
Now combine them. Maths YouTuber Ayliean demonstrates the Knight’s Tour Magic Square in the video above.
Ayliean also shares useful links and further reading about Magic Squares and Knight’s Tours, including these negative numbers magic squares puzzles and geomagic squares.
Related exploration: Knight’s Tour Challenge.
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• Vi Hart’s Hexaflexagon
• How to multiply numbers by drawing lines
Plus: Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem, the paradox at the heart of mathematics.
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