When I was a kid, I got a Rubik’s cube. I mixed it up and tried to solve it several times to no avail. Finally, after much frustration, I tore it apart and put it back together again and that was that! I did solve it, once, without cheating, with the help of this book, “The Simple Solution to Rubik’s Cube” by James G. Nourse. People like me need assistance!
It was invented by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik, in 1974. The puzzle was originally called the “Magic Cube” and was released in Hungary in 1977. The three dimensional puzzle made its worldwide debut in 1980 under a new name, “Rubik’s Cube.”
Here is how Wikipedia describes this complex device:
In a classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow, where white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement). An internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to consisting of one colour. Similar puzzles have now been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and stickers, not all of them by Rubik.
This incredible invention has made its way on the art scene as well. This Great Wall of Rubik’s Cubes was amazingly built using 85,794 puzzles and is the work of Designer Josh Chalom. He has been making Rubik’s cube art for about five years at his studio in Toronto (Cube Works Studio). This mosaic is 220ft long and 13ft tall and shows the skyline of Macau.
Here is a 17-by-8.5-foot depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” rendered entirely in three-inch Rubik’s Cubes. It has 4,050 Rubik’s cubes.
This is a 2,000 lb., 29X15 ft. mosaic of Michelangelo’s “Hand of God” from the Sistine Chapel. There are 12,090 cubes in this incredible work of art.
I don’t know if Mr. Rubik could have imagined the craze his little cube would cause, but many generations have enjoyed it and still do. So, thank you, Mr. Rubik for inventing this incredibly fun toy. You even inspired my 18 year old to challenge her mind. She had a friend teach her the algorithms and she can solve it in under a minute. Her teacher was into that speed cubing (did you know they have competitions for this?) and taught her well. It is fascinating to see her solve the puzzle. My brain just doesn’t work that well… lol
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