Welcome to The Rubik Zone, a site for all things related to the famous Cube of Erno Rube.
I got my first rubik’s cube as a gift from my uncle. It looked cute and innocent – a bunch of brightly colored squares. A few twists later, and it was messed beyong repair, and stayed that way for months.
Now, more than 20 years on, The Rubik Zone is here. Check out the menus to see what we have.
On the original packaging of the first Rubik’s cubes sold, the distributor boasted
More than 3 billion combinations!
This has been compared with McDonalds boasting
Over a hundred and twenty hamburgers sold!
In actual fact, there are over 43 billion billion combinations. This is a number just a bit too big for most people to grasp. But it’s actually not as big as you might think.
For example, it’s the cost of only 70,000 Iraq Wars, measured in Iraqi Dinars. Now 70000 is a number I can wrap my head around.
- you start buying Rubik’s cubes, messing them up, and posting them off to other people.
- Suppose you kept doing this until you had posted a cube to every single man woman and child on earth.
- Suppose also you persuaded everybody else to start doing the same.
How do you calculate the number of combinations for e.g. a 3, 4 or 5 size cube?
Hi everyone, I am currently working on a project that would eventually create a Rubik’s Solving machine. We are in the programming stage and would like to know all the possible legal permutation and orientation of the 3 by 3 cube. i.e. so we can let the computer know what cases to ignore and what to consider.