Thanks Mr. Rubik for your cube!
Thanks Mr. Rubik for your cube that you created forty years ago while developing a spatial model to represent geometry for your math classes. Your students appreciated your creation and it helped them get a better understanding of math concepts that you were trying to get across. You can’t keep a good mathematician down and many who visited Hungry and Mr. Rubik took it back to their respective countries. The Politechnika Company made the Magic Cube or Buvos Kocka in Hungary but an international audience awaited this new challenging hands on object that didn’t fall apart when you twisted it. However, there were strict government controls on exports at the time.
Then in 1979, at the Nuremberg Toy Convention Fair, Tom Kremer, a toy specialist interested Ideal Toys in the Magic Cube. Ideal renamed it because they thought there was nothing magical about the toy; it was an amazing, frustrating, and challenging game. Homage was paid to Mr. Rubik and the Magic Cube became Rubik’s Cube!
The prototype was made with wood in such away that you could revolve it this way and that without it breaking apart, with the goal to line up colors in a sequence where each side eventually became a solid color. To honor its popularity with the world, the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit on May 19, 2014 to honor the international mind toy that came into iconic status over the last forty years. Check out WWW.Google.com to hook up with their tribute to the crazy cube. Of course,you can go directly to WWW.rubiks.com.
“Most of my adult life I spent with the cube because I was only thirty years old when I created it. And right now after forty years I can say, ‘I know the cube, I know what happened around the cube,” Erno Rubik told Reuters. Rubik’s Cube has come a long way from just a math manipulative in the classroom to a Rubik’s Cube bag for Chanel on the designer runway.
Did you know that the standard 9 X 9 Rubik’s cube can be rearranged 43 quintillion different ways? That’s 43 followed by 18 zeros! It took Rubik a month to solve his own puzzle and the book, “You Can Do the Cube” by Patrick Bossert sold fifteen million copies in 1981.
Rubik’s Cube- “If you are curious, you’ll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them!” –Erno Rubik