Rubik’s Cube

Last night I got my hands on this amazing Rubik’s cube inspired puzzle – see picture below. After few turns and twists, this irregularly shaped cube attained a shape so mind-boggling that it seemed quite impossible to solve. So after spending about an hour when I put the last cube in its correct position I was overwhelmed with sheer joy!

You can buy this brain teaser for as little as $4.33 (including shipping) from here.

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So far, I have a small collection of three Rubik’s cubes: the classic (plastic) version, the 30th anniversary limited edition (wooden), and the latest addition of this irregularly shaped “Rubik’s cube”. I really like the wooden version, but the maneuvering is not as smooth as compared to the classic version.

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The total number of possible arrangements for the pieces on a Rubik’s cube is 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 or 43 quintillion. That’s 43 followed by 18 zeros! And only one solution.

To put things into perspective:

Allowing a second for each turn, it would take 1400 trillion years to go through all the possible configurations. By comparison, the universe is around 13 billion years old. [source]

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4 responses to “Rubik’s Cube

  1. Kamlesh

    Reason enough to discourage one from trying one’s hands on this! We would rather spend time watching the FIFA WC final, investing as little as 90 (120 at max) minutes that ensure a complete entertainment. Who needs complexities in life, we have our fair share 🙂

    That stat was staggering… 108 Universe Lives…OMG

    • Vishal

      Perhaps it is the inability/difficulty to unravel the complexities of real life that makes puzzle-solving such pleasurable and satisfying activity! It gives you an illusion of solving real problems, while providing an excuse to get away from them! (-;

      • Liked this comment as much as I liked the post.

        On another note, are you an atheist or agnostic or something that means that you don’t give a damn to the generally held notion of ‘god’?

        • Vishal

          Yes, I am an atheist (and an agnostic, for that matter).

          My biggest issue with religion/faith is with the fact that it is rendered as entirely self-justifying — in spite of its extravagant claims and paucity of its evidence. A fair minded person can either *truly* believe in science or in religion, as they are fundamentally incompatible. Believing in both is a logical inconsistency.

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