This website has been included in Intute -
Science Engineering and Technology
k matematike (this page in Russian).
A través de Laberintos
hacia las Matemáticas (this page in Spanish).
- A nice picture to get us started (this page).
- The mazes:
- The math:
- Build your own Labyrinth: a class
activity using the nesting of segments on the number line.
- Exploring Labyrinths: a class
activity for younger students
This late 12th Century manuscript maze (13cm in diameter)
is in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich (Clm. 14731,
Fol 82 v.). The text above the maze reads CUM MINOTHAURO
PUGNAT THESEUS [IN] LABORINTO. = Theseus fights with
the Minotaur in the Labyrinth.
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The maze design was clearly intended to be the 12-level
alternating, transit maze
with level sequence
0 3 2 1 4 7 6 5 8 11 10 9 12, a common maze in medieval
but the 11th level was taken over by the center image (traces of it
are still visible); level
8 is led directly to the center; levels 9 and 10 are now cut off
from the rest of the path, and have been joined separately
to the center. The topological meaning of the maze has been sacrificed
to the visual impact of the composition.