Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Solving Rubik's Cube





I have had a Rubik's Cube since the 1980s and have never figured out how to solve it. At least now I can say I've solved it twice. I looked online and found this great video series that actually made it possible.

It taught me that it gets solved with repeating algorithms, which is something I didn't know. Now, with notes, I can solve it.

Next step is to memorize the algorithms, then figure out why they work. Sadly, I have no idea how I'm solving it.

1 comment:

Fred said...

It's all part of the fun (and challenging) subfield of math called group theory. Doug Hofstadter had some great columns about The Cube in SciAm...you can find them now in the Metamagical Themas collection. Tasty stuff.