More than forty years after the Rubik’s Cube, a simple, or what appeared to be simple, puzzle cube took the world by storm, back in the days before computers were a part of everyday life, the Cube is making a come-back; once again pitting the skills of the mind against the dexterity of the fingers to scramble a six-sided cube, consisting of nine squares of six colours and then put them back as single panel colours.
Ah, simple you say; well, one would beg to differ. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian Sculptor Erno Rubik as a teaching aid to help his students understand 3D objects, he did not realise he had deigned a puzzle, until he dismantled the coloured cube and tried to restore it; inadvertently he had created a very hands-on version of a mathematical Algorithm.
During the 1980’s at the Cube’s zenith, competitions and challenges were held to see who could reassemble the Cube in the shortest possible time, with some phenomenal results being achieved. Many of these competitions have being reinstated today.
A complete side industry developed in an attempt to solve the puzzle in entirety, as it was discovered most people could only get one or two sides back in the correct order, therefor, masses of books were written on the subject of how to solve the puzzle. During the period of 1980-1983 more than 200million Rubik’s Cube were sold worldwide.
Popularity waned and it was not until the 2000’s that it began to become popular once again, when it was ‘re-discovered’ and it became ‘cool to own a Cube’ once again. It is only 3 x 3 x 3inches or for the younger generation, 55mm x 55mm x 55mm, can create immense satisfaction and frustration, it is really, really difficult to cheat at, as the sections are now plastic not a series of stickers as in the original design and immense fun.
If you are brave enough to want to take on a serious, non-electronic challenge, go grab a Cube, or rather in these changing times, buy one on-line and have a go: it is the perfect challenge for pitting your wits against the almost impossible!
Bet you can’t do it!
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