To keep my friends at Stanford entertained, I found a list of Web sites devoted to the Rubiks Cube and together we would work on the cube. I even gave my club members “homework” assignments so that we could all practice the Rubiks Cube in our own time. I continue to find Jasmine Lees (2008) Web site “Beginner Solution to the Rubiks Cube” an excellent one for learning how to solve the Rubiks Cube using mathematics instead of just chance, as I noticed some people try to do.
“Teach me how!” I started to hear more and more from my friends back at home, after the Rubiks Cube was re-released for its anniversary. This caused many of my friends to discover the Rubiks Cube for the first time, and to my great surprise many of them found it as amusing as I did. For the first time, I saw some of my friends playing with the Rubiks Cube instead of with their XBox. The more they learned about the Rubiks Cube, the more they wanted to learn and I lent out my book on the Rubiks Cube and also coached my friends on how to solve it.
“How on earth are you so smart?” one of my friends cried out when she was frustrated at not being able to twist and turn as fast as I was that day. I told her that it was just a matter of practice.
As Lee (2008) points out on her Web site, the fundamental issue to remember when solving Rubiks Cube is that there is no one right way of doing it — and that is what makes the device so amazing. Here we can see how 27 little “cubies” can be arranged and re-arranged according to specific algorithms, of which there are dozens. The hard core mathematical terms related to the Rubiks Cube will bore most people to death. To the beginner, I always say to just have fun with it.
Lee, J. (2008). Beginners solution to the Rubiks Cube. Web site retrieved online:.