PATTERNS, PALINDROMES, PANGRAMS AND THE MAGIC SQUARE

Patterns are pleasing, be they in the form of shapes, colours, words or numbers. Look at the pattern and colouring of this lizard in methylated spirits:

lizard

Palindromes are words, phrases or numbers that can be read forwards or backwards without changing the meaning.

Think of MADAM

What about MADAM I’M ADAM

Then there is the famous quotation ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA

A simple palindrome number would be 12321

As anyone who has formally learned to type will know, we also get Pangrams which are sentences that make use of all the letters in the alphabet. The most commonly known one is

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER A LAZY DOG

I do not have a photograph of a fox so a Black-backed Jackal will have to suffice:

blackbacked jackal

I also like HOW QUICKLY DAFT JUMPING ZEBRAS VEX

zebras

Numbers have an attraction of their own. I was reminded of this the other day when I received an e-mail about Albrecht Dürer’s MAGIC SQUARE in which all the columns and lines add up to 34.

magic-square

Source: http://www.albrechtdurerblog.com/real-secret-in-the-magic-square/

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2 thoughts on “PATTERNS, PALINDROMES, PANGRAMS AND THE MAGIC SQUARE

  1. Enjoyed this post Anne, the tease and puzzle of patterns and words. Learned to type using ‘the quick brown fox ….. ‘ but the ‘…. daft jumping zebra vex’ is a new phrase for me and that dazzle of stripes is already playing in my head.

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