History of the tangram puzzle

Tangram puzzles originated in Imperial China during the Tang Dynasty, they are thought to have travelled to Europe in the 19th century on trading ships.

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Tangram puzzles were popular during World War 1 and have become the most popular dissection puzzle in the world. Besides, tangram patterns have also been described as early psychological tests.


Tangram patterns are called in China "Chin-Chiao Pan" meaning intriguing seven piece puzzle.
A book published in China in 1815 by Shan-Chiao contains 374 puzzle patterns.

Early Chinese mathematicians manipulated geometric shapes in their problem solving. A technique that is still applied in classrooms today, inter alia, through the use of tangrams.


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