crafting & workshops • Laboratorio di giochi d'ingegno • Atelier
by Gianni A. Sarcone & Marie-Jo Waeber
Gianni A. Sarcone
this page a typical packing problem is presented. A set
of blocks completely fills a given space, but nevertheless,
an extra piece can be added!
make this 3D "magical" puzzle, you will need
a 1.6 cm thick piece of wood with a sidelength of approx.
14 cm and a width of approx. 8 cm. Figure 1 shows how
to cut the wood into 9+1 pieces. Be aware that you will
need to realise the given dimensions as accurately as
another piece of wood to make the frame shown in
Figure 2. Concentrate on accurately reproducing the
inner dimensions. Now assemble the first nine pieces
in the frame using the configuration in Figure 3.
the tenth piece placed next to the frame your puzzle
is in its starting position: rearrange the nine
pieces in the frame in such a way that the tenth
piece can be added. More than 3 solutions can be
found. Magic? No... Mathematical!
You can purchase the Paradoxopiped puzzle online at: Rex
Games Inc (Geometrex 3D - Price: $15.00 -
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