May 31, 2019

The Rubik’s Cube has more than 43 quintillion possible combinations. If you write that number out, 43 quintillion is a 43 followed by 18 zeros.

Yet there are people who can take a cube, no matter how mixed up it is, and solve it in just a few seconds. In fact, the world’s record for solving one is 3.47 seconds. 

The Rubik’s Cube may be old (it was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architect named Erno Rubik), but the world of cubing, sometimes called speedcubing, is more popular than ever. Last year, the World Cube Association sponsored competitions in nearly 100 countries. The United States’ national competition in 2018 had more than 600 contestants.

SOURCE: New York Times, 4/28/19