Archimedes at Play

Archimedes wrote about an ancient game that the Greeks called the Stomachion.  He probably did not invent the game, but explored its geometrical aspects.  

The game consisted of 14 flat ivory pieces of various polygonal shapes originally forming a square.  The object of the game was to rearrange the pieces to form interesting things (people, animals, objects, etc.) such as the elephant below.

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