One of the world's most ancient math puzzles, the magic square has traditionally been a numbers game. Electrical engineer Lee Sallows gives the ancient construct shape, creating an entirely new sort of puzzle in the process.

If you've played Sudoku, then you're familiar with the concept of the magic square. It's a grid filled with numbers that equal the same sum when added together vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. It's a construct that's been around since 650 BCE, and while mathematicians have tweaked the formula to allow for increasingly large amounts of numbers, it's always been about numbers.

Until electrical engineer Lee Sallows came along and gave it shapes.

Sallows, based out of The Netherlands, created the first geometrical magic squares, or geomagic squares, back in 2001, by replacing the numbers in a traditional magic square with shapes. Instead of the numbers adding up to a certain sum, the shapes in the various boxes can be pieced together to form the same geometrical shape in a row, column, or diagonally.