It’s a classic. A retro icon of the 1908’s. The Rubik’s Cube. The #1 puzzle in the world! 40 years old in 2020 and still as relevant today as ever.
The puzzle is to return the cube to its original state… every side should have just one solid colour. Rubik’s Cube is the incredibly addictive, multi-dimensional challenge that has fascinated puzzle fans around the world since 1980.
Almost one in five people in the world have played with a Rubik’s Cube. It’s so difficult, with “43 Quintillion” possible moves and only ONE solution, so why is it so popular, some would say addictive?
In July 2010 researchers found that the Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less from any mixed up state. Don’t believe it’s possible? It’s true. Morley Davidson, John Dethridge, Herbert Kociemba, and Tomas Rokicki proved it. They didn’t have the computing power themselves to crunch the numbers but Google allowed them the use of its own computers to test their algorithms. That’s how important the cube is. Even Google wants to be a part of the phenomenon.
We think it would take some serious practice for most people to be able to identify that solution from any messed up cube but that’s never stopped us from playing with it yet.
It’s actually amazing that the Rubik’s Cube has always inspired such an effort to prove its mathematical theory when Enro Rubik himself was not a mathematician. He studied sculpture and architecture at design school and has publicly stated that for him the development of The Cube was to create functional art or what he terms Applied Art. Not just art for art sake. But Art that was usable. An object that despite all the transformations we do to it, it is still a single object. Simplicity and complexity all in one object.
There’s no solution booklet with the cube but the Rubik’s Brand has launched its first Official Cube app that uses AI technology. The Rubik’s Official App helps solvers solve the Cube, using phone camera and AI processing to track the cube and show arrows ‘painted’ on the cube in real time. Just search your App Store for Rubik’s Cube Solver. Research supports the view that solving a Cube links brilliantly with the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and this high-tech app captures this while creating fun and excitement.
Cube Size: 57.5mm x 57.5mm x 57.5mm