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Amusing five year olds and inspiring mathematicians since the spring of 1974. The Rubik’s cube is a cube consisting of 6 faces with 9 individual stickers on each. The main objective when playing a Rubik’s cube is to re-create its original position, a solid colour for each face, without removing any piece from the cube. Though it is colourful and looks like a child’s toy, there have been many championships for its completion.  Rubik’s was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

At Mindspark, the Maths research team has come out with a virtual 3D model of the Rubik’s cube to enhance a student’s 3-D visualization. This enrichment can help students develop 3-D visualization of objects which might be significantly helpful in higher classes when 3-D matrices and vectors come in play. This would also be very helpful for kids who wish to have a career in design and architecture.

Some fun facts about Rubik’s cube

People fascinated by the Rubik’s cube can get hold of very interesting collector’s items like..

Rubik’s Cube Mug

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World Map on Rubik’s Cube

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Videogame – Super Mario Bros. on Rubik’s cube

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World Records for the Rubik’s cube

Many world records have been set for solving the Rubik’s Cube in various interesting way. Here are some of them:

  • Fastest time record: 5.5 seconds by Mats Valk (Neatherlands) at the Zonhoven Open, 2013
  • Blindfold, fastest time (including memorizing): 23.80 seconds, Marcin Zalewski (Poland) at the Polish Nationals, 2013.
  • One handed: 9.43 seconds by Giovanni Contardi (Italy) at the Italian Championships, 2012 in Rome.
  • With feet only: 27.93 seconds, Fakhri Raihaan (Indinesia) at the Celebes Cube Competition, 2012.

 

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