Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik�s Cube Solving

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Scheffler
Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne
Genres: Science & Technology
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2017
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 33 minutes
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When Hungarian professor Erno Rubik invented the Rubik's Cube (or, rather, his Cube) in the 1970s out of wooden blocks, rubber bands, and paper clips, he didn't even know if it could be solved, let alone that it would become the world's most popular puzzle. Since its creation, the Cube has become many things to many people: one of the bestselling children's toys of all time, a symbol of intellectual prowess, a frustrating puzzle with 43.2 quintillion possible permutations, and now a worldwide sporting phenomenon that is introducing the classic brainteaser to a new generation. In Cracking the Cube, Ian Scheffler reveals that cubing isn't just fun and games. Along with participating in speedcubing competitions-from the World Championship to local tournaments-and interviewing key figures from the Cube's history, he journeys to Budapest to seek a meeting with the legendary and notoriously reclusive Rubik, who is still tinkering away with puzzles in his seventies.

Author Details

Author Details

Scheffler, Ian

Ian Scheffler has written for the New Yorker, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a degree in English from Columbia University, where he coedited the Columbia Review. Cracking the Cube is his first book.