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The Rubik's Cube

 

'3 billion problems but only one solution'.

This was how the Rubik's cube was advertised on its launch in the 1980s. Originally designed as a problem solving tool, aiding in the visualisation in 3dimensional objects, The Rubik's Cube's potential as a puzzle was quickly realised and snapped up by toy manufacturers making it one of the most popular toys of the 1980's, my childhood years.

 

I have never once 'solved' the Rubik's cube or really tried that hard to; that is to make all the sides the same colour. As a child, and still now, I take no delight in the idea of 'solving the cube'. Instead, I like to shift the colour squares around to form irregular patterns and colour combinations. I like the sense of the random sequence of colours, appreciating the chaos when others would only see a problem to be solved.

 

'3 billion solutions but only one problem!'