Michael Curtin

The Mathematical Cube

Monday, April 8, 2019, 3:00 PM | Room 2

While many observers may believe that the puzzle cube (also known as the Rubik’s Cube) is just some childish toy, I see it as a source of knowledge. With 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (43 quintillion) possible permutations, it is statistically impossible to solve by chance. However, it has been proved to never be more than 20 moves from a solve. The math that goes into understanding how this cube functions is very intense, but once the algorithms are learned, it is quite fun to play with. With YouTube and other websites explaining how to solve the puzzle cube, it has become less of a challenge to solve. However, not many people truly understand the formulas behind every move. With an in-depth understanding of mathematical group theory, algorithms, and relevant theorems, the impossible cube that has left everyone bewildered begins to look more possible than anyone could’ve ever imagined.

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