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HELP:   At the end of september 2016 I received an e-mail in French.
About SOMA - (with translation in English and Danish).
Unfortunately, my spam controller zapped it before I had the time to answer.
SO - If you are the writer of that mail, then please resend the mail to me.



This SOMA puzzle site has 190 MegaByte, over 6400 figures, over 120 Newsletters,
original Danish and Parker Bros. booklets, history, theories, proofs,
An online SOMA puzzle program, a downloadable (DOS) solve program. ... and a lot more!

New questions are asked in the following Newsletters.

N2008.04.27 "A spotted SOMA" This first problem is directed to "Programmers" (or puzzlers with plenty of time).
In the Newsletter A spotted SOMA we have a set of unique pieces.
But we need some way to show all possible SOMA solutions, including the mirror versions, and the possible rotations of each piece.
The goal? is to find the pattern that was originally intended for these spotted pieces.
By the way - this is a real problem, we do NOT know the result - or if any exist at all.


N1998.12.01 "SOMA Alternatives (Checkered, Couples, Balancing)"
N2016.07.07 "SOMA can start with small children."
N2016.07.09 "Apparently correct figures."
N2016.07.10 "Distribution of SOMA solutions."

The puzzle question from 2012/01 has been solved. See "Parity and Symmetry" for the details.



SOMA Video
For many years the description below was the way we saw the SOMA.
Now however, Ronald Deckert and his friends at Twodoorsopen.de have created the most beautifull video of the SOMA puzzle.
So. It's only to say - enjoy the video and the music.


SOMA Shane Shanes Web SOMA

(Click the image) and enjoy this Online Web version of the SOMA puzzle, created by Shane Passon.
Read more in the "News 2016.07.17 - Online puzzling of SOMA."



WHO are YOU ????????????
This homepage is a page for people with some (short or long) interest in 2D puzzles.
My hit counter show that this SOMA page have around 5 hits per day. So - YOU - who are reading this.
Please send an Email to me at thorleif@fam-bundgaard.dk Tell me "Who you are", "Where you live" and "how You use SOMA"
Obs: The SOMA users world map is NO longer updated.
Message to you all:
Any letter or Email you send to me, will be answered quickly.
However I am slow (Very slow)(as molassas in winter) to get anything put on my web pages.
The reason? well - being a college teacher in mathematics, electronics and technology.
Requires a huge effort in reading, preparing etc. so... the SOMA page comes second.


What is SOMA ?

Problems worthy of attack, Prove their worth by hitting back. (Piet Hein)

From time to time, man have tried to construct a threedimensional puzzle.
In no circumstances has it, succeeded so well as with the SOMA cube, invented by the Danish Author Piet Hein.

If you recognize this, Then you know the power of SOMA.
If you don't - then read this web site.

Having the seven Soma pieces in hand, first try to form the infamous 3x3x3 cube. There are 240 independent ways of making this cube. Aside from cubes, there are thousands of geometric shapes that can be created from the seven simple Soma pieces.
Within the Figure pages, there are many figures (ALL that I know actually) which can be built using the SOMA pieces. Some of the figures will require your imagination to figure out where unseen cubes or holes belong. When you have succeeded in making figures from these pages, try to develop some of your own.



If you have any new figures, then please let me know.