This is a magic square created by Benjamin Franklin
When he wasn’t experimenting with lightning or overthrowing the British Empire, Benjamin Franklin found time to fool around with mathematics, inventing a variant of the magic square called Franklin’s squares. Now Maya Ahmed, a mathematics graduate student at UC Davis, has come up with a way to construct both Franklin’s own squares and others of the same type. The methods could have applications in computer programming for business.
A regular magic square is a table of numbers in which any row, column or diagonal adds up to the same number. Mathematicians around the world have studied them for thousands of years.
"They are classical, beautiful objects," said Jesus De Loera, associate professor of mathematics at UC Davis and Ahmed’s thesis supervisor.
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