Mathematical Treasures from Sid Sackson
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Games mean many things to many people; to me they are an art form of great potential beauty.
—Sid Sackson, Beyond Tic Tac Toe
But before I do, let me tell you a little about Sid. Sid Sackson was inventing games as a child. He designed games all his life, though he had a day job as an engineer into his fifties.
That (many) games are mathematical structures.
That games and mathematics share many of their most important aesthetics.
That Sid Sackson created games that pose interesting mathematical problems.
Acquire was probably his most successful game. It’s a business game with hotels, stocks, and mergers, with geometric elements borrowed from war games. Acquire launched 3M’s collection of bookshelf games.