Math at First Sight
by Alexandre Owen Muñiz
In matters mathematical, my sense of visual intuition is more developed than my ability to work with symbols. Consequently I've been attracted to subjects in recreational mathematics that involve geometrical figures that I can see and manipulate. I've been especially interested in polyominoes and other polyforms, and I've come up with some new problems and results that I'm quite happy with.
I sell lasercut plastic versions of some of my puzzles at PuzzleZapper.com.
- Polyomino Covers: Variations on the theme of figures that can have any member of a set of polyominoes placed within them. With Python solver code.
- Pentomino Coloring Problems: Map colorings on pentomino tilings with a twist. Four twists, in fact.
- Miscellaneous Polyomino Explorations: Explorations that don't fit into either of the above pages.
- Non-rigid Polyforms: Flexible polyform variations.
- Square Grid Puzzles: Pen and paper puzzles on square grids.
- Visualizing Sequences of Numbers: Exploring numerical sequences by creating graphical images from them.
- L-topia: A puzzle set I had manufactured from laser-cut plastic. It turned out quite nicely.
If you have questions, comments, solutions to unsolved problems, or ideas for new, related problems, please email me.