design icons/Rubik’s Cube, 1974

There is only 1 correct answer and 43 quintillion wrong ones for Rubik’s Cube. God’s algorithm is the answer that solves the puzzle in the least number of moves. One eighth of the world’s population has laid hands on ‘The Cube’, the most popular puzzle in history and the colorful brainchild of Erno Rubik.

Rubik’s initial attraction to inventing the Cube was not in producing the best selling toy puzzle in history. The structural design problem interested Rubik; he asked, “How could the blocks move independently without falling apart?” In Rubik’s Cube, twenty-six individual little cubes or cubies make up the big Cube. Each layer of nine cubies can twist and the layers can overlap. Any three squares in a row, except diagonally, can join a new layer. Rubik’s initial attempt to use elastic bands failed, his solution was to have the blocks hold themselves together by their shape. Rubik hand carved and assembled the little cubies together. He marked each side of the big Cube with adhesive paper of a different color, and started twisting.

 

Born the 13.07.1944, Erno Rubik started his career as an architect progressing to Editor of a games and puzzle journal. After three years Erno turned his back on journalism and moved into self-employment when he founded the Rubik Studio where he designed furniture and games.But he also invented a multitude of other brain-teasers as the Rubik’s Clock, the Pocket Cube (Rubik’s cube 2x2x2) , …

 

 

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