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!
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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.
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]