Tangram (1829-30)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Sep 10 05:31:55 UTC 2007

>.... The word Tangram itself was coined by Dr. Thomas Hill in 1848
>for his book Geometrical Puzzles for the Young. ....

Maybe not, though.

 From Google Books:


"Dr. Dewees, of Philadelphia", "On the Physical and Moral Management
of Children" [dated "to June 1, 1829"]

In: Richard Reece, _Monthly Gazette of Health_, Vol. 14, for 1829
(London, 1830): p. 727:

<<To children of proper age, dissected maps, and Chinese puzzles, or
tangrams, are very acceptable, and highly useful: they exercise the
memory, elicit ingenuity, excite a laudable ambition, and give the
habit of patience and perseverance in their various attempts to
correctly dispose of the one, or discover the various combinations of
the other.>>


Looks genuine.

-- Doug Wilson

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