I've spent a small amount of time over the course of the last year or so trying to memorize the algorithms that will solve the infamous Rubik's Cube.
In case you didn't know, the Rubik's Cube can always be solved. Well, 99.9% of the time, anyway. I've had a few attempts where the final algorithm didn't work and I had to re-mess the Cube up and start over. But I'll take 99.9% of the time, any time.
If you are like me and can easily solve the first layer of a cube without any sort of mathematical assistance, then there are only six other algorithms you need to know to get the remainder of the Cube done. I currently have three of them memorized, the two that solve the second layer and the one that allows you the finished Cube (although I still blank out every once in a while... I'm old). I am also well on my way to a fourth. Sure, not every situation requires the use of all six, so you really have to not just remember the moves, but also the setups that necessitate their use.
I will never be a speedcuber. I never want to be.
But I want to be a person who can solve any 3x3 Cube thrown at him, no matter what.
I'm going to get there!
I seem to recall how you solved it once a long time ago in a land far away!!
Posted by: Suzanne Apgar | Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at 02:19 PM
Those were the good old days of sticker peeling. I think my first real solve might have been college or later.
Posted by: kapgar | Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at 02:39 PM
Heh. When I was a kid I figured out how to pry the pieces off and put them back wherever I wanted. "Solved" it. Now that I'm older I would like to learn how to actually solve it.
Posted by: Kevin Spencer | Thursday, 23 March 2023 at 06:02 PM
I can send you the webpage of algorithms if you’re interested.
Posted by: kapgar | Friday, 24 March 2023 at 05:36 AM