Marcus Du Sautoy’s The Num8er My5teries

• Aug 20, 2012 •

These are the players needed for the Prime Number Fantasy Football Game, in which players use one of Plato’s balls, and a dice to try and make it past three of the opponent’s team members. See page 5 for more details.

This is the board for playing the ‘cicada v predator’ game, where you can learn the mathematic reasons behind the extraordinary pattern of the North American cicadas’ life cycle.  See pages 8-11 for more details.

These are the cicadas and predators needed for the ‘cicada v predator’ multiplication tables game. See pages 9-11 for more details.

This is the ‘Prime Hopscotch’ Game board, in which two people can battle against each other to reach the higher prime number, until there are no more primes within reach. See pages 37-41 for more details.

This is the template for making Plato’s dodecahedron shaped football, made up of 12 pentagonal faces. See pages 65-66 for more details.

This is the template for making Plato’s most spherical football, the icosahedrons, made up of 20 equilateral triangles. See pages 65-66 for more details.

This is the template for making Plato’s tetrahedron football, made up of four equilateral triangles. See pages 64-66 for more details.

These are templates for making Plato’s cube football, and octahedron football. See pages 64-66 for more details.

This is the template needed for making the Rock, Paper, Scissors dice. See pages 124-125 for more details.

This contains the nine pieces of cake and two cake stands needed to play the two player game, in which the players try and fill their cake stand with exactly three pieces of cake.  See pages 156-158 for more details.

This contains the 5 regiments of soldiers needed to play Euler’s Sudoku type puzzle, in which you have to try and arrange the soldiers in a 5*5 square. See pages 161-162 for more details.

Use these cipher wheels to create simple Caesar Shift codes. See page 182 for more details.

This is the PDF instruction sheet for making your own enigma machine. See page 193 for more details.

This sheet will show you how to make your own boomerang. See page 256 for more details.

This contains the ten fish and fish tank needed to play the ‘Fishy Formula’ game, in which you can use Mathematic formulas to determine how many fish survive in a fish tank, over a period of ten years. See pages 276-279 for more details.

This is a board for the game ‘Snakes and Ladders’, made up of 100 hexagons instead of squares.

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