Mathematicus – The game of mathematics
Mathematicus is a one-of-a-kind game that debunks the legend that mathematics is a hard, sterile subject. Mathematics is undeniably the foundation of science and all technical matters, but it is also entertaining and offers an incredible variety of experiences.
Mathematicus can be played in “basic”, “intermediate” and “advanced” modes. This is possible as each card has questions with four progressive difficulty levels; in this way, players with diverse knowledge can play together.
The squares on the board present a series of mathematical curiosities which, although irrelevant to the game, are provided to illustrate how vast and interesting the world of mathematics is.
The themes featured on each square are developed in the 176-pages book.
The advanced game introduces the player to the world of computing with the aid of ancient computing instruments, namely Napier’s Bones and the Slide Rule, as well as an initiation to ancient and exotic numbering systems (Babylonian, Egyptian, Roman, Arabic, Mayan, Chinese), the binary system and mental calculus.
The game additionally offers ample opportunities for experimentation independently from the game.
The booklet explains how to write and decode secret messages, how to prepare an interstellar message, how to prepare quipu in the style of the Incas, and how to wow friends with magical mathematical games, to name just a few possibilities.