19 May 2014

Rubiks Cube: History and Fun Facts

Indeed, it is one of the favorite puzzle games in the history – the so-called Rubik's Cube. The name itself came after from its creator — Ernő Rubik(1974, Hungarian Professor of Design/Architecture in Budapest). He invented it with no idea that it would become one of the best-selling and favorite toys in the world.

As for the history,
As a professor, Erno was always looking for new, more exciting ways to present information, so he used the Cube’s first model to help him explain to his students about spatial relationships.~ http://rubiks.com/history
Today(05-19-2014), marks the 40th anniversary of Rubiks Cube Invention which Google featured it in their famous Google Doodle.


I remember this game when I was in college( the particularly 1st year in Computer Engineering course). We had a slight mini competition with the fastest time to assemble the cube completely. As far I as remembered, I had one or two minutes in average. 

According to theguardian,  there are many ways to solve the Rubik's Cube. One common option is to use "Corners-first" method. Moreover, you assemble it using "LAYER-BY-LAYER" method in which I did use in my CUBES. For advanced layering process and the most popular method is called Fridrich Method (named after Jessica Fridrich, a professor of engineering and a national champion). 

Alternatively, it is called CFOP, an acronym for the steps involved: cross, first two layers, the orientation of the last layer and permutation of the last layer. Well, in my experience, probably, the last layer has many moves compare to the other layers.

Now, if you want to play in the 3D puzzle with the Google Doodle, you can try it now. However, in case you have missed in Google, you can try here: IBNLIVE

The original Rubik's Cube - which won "toy of the year" in Britain in 1980 - is plastic, with nine coloured squares on each face. ~ ibnlive.in.com
Screenshot: Google Doodle 05-19-2014 Rubiks Cube
Screenshot: Rubiks Cube 40th Anniversary Google Doodle 05-19-2014
Trivia:  Did you know that Rubik's Cube has 43 quintillion permutation ways.

colorful rubiks cube
Image: https://plus.google.com/+rubikscube/posts
The beauty of the Rubik’s Cube is that when you look at a scrambled one, you know exactly what you need to do without instruction. Yet without instruction it is almost impossible to solve, making it one of the most infuriating and engaging inventions ever conceived.
fun facts rubiks cube
Image: Rubiks.com

Quote yet:
“IF YOU ARE CURIOUS, YOU’LL FIND THE PUZZLES AROUND YOU. IF YOU ARE DETERMINED, YOU WILL SOLVE THEM. ”
~ ERNO RUBIK
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