Solving the Rubik's Cube

Rubik’s Cube (commonly misspelled rubix, rubick’s or rubics cube) is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Originally called the “Magic Cube” by its inventor, this puzzle was renamed “Rubik’s Cube” by Ideal Toys in 1980 and also won the 1980 German “Game of the Year” (Spiel des Jahres) special award for Best Puzzle. It is said to be the world’s best-selling toy, with some 300,000,000 Rubik’s Cubes and imitations sold worldwide. – Wikipedia.

Rubik’s Cube

The Rubik’s Cube world championship was held in Budapest, Hungary last October 5 to 7, 2007. The overall winner was a 16-year old who averaged 12.46 seconds to solve the cube in five tries. Read the news.

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Actually, the fastest during the event in any one try was 10.88 seconds, while the world record is 9.86 seconds.

Rubik’s Cube Champs youtube video:

Can you imagine that? I can just solve one face of the cube, and not even in such speed….

Anyway, when I read the news, I remembered how this cube changed the life of Chris Gardner (Will Smith) in the movie In Pursuit of Happyness. Well, the movie claims it’s a true to life story, but I’m not sure up to what extent is true. So I’m not sure whether the Kubrik’s Cube was indeed part of the true story.

Furthermore, there are sites that serve as tutorials on how to solve the cube. Here’s one. If you don’t have an actual cube to practice on, you can even try this Virtual Online Cube.

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