borginator2 wrote:My uncle solved one mathematically when they first came out. No algorithms. Took him about 45 minutes and another 10 for the barrel cube.
Sharkretriver wrote:Algorithms are mathematical; they are made up of commutators.
I think what you meant to say was solving a 3x3x3 without looking at anyone else's commutators, i.e. coming up with your solution independantly.
Anyway, since the 3x3x3 is the starting puzzle for many, they'd probably look at algorithms for the 3x3x3, and then months or years later, solve another puzzle independantly.
Gelatinbrain http://users.skynet.be/gelatinbrain/Applets/Magic%20Polyhedra/online.htm is a site where there are many puzzles, many which have not been produced in real life, or are impossible/very unlikely to be produced.
@Borg that's really impressive o_O never heard anything like it.
borginator2 wrote:Yeah, my uncle is a smart man. He used to teach Mathematics at Cambridge. Then he worked for several banks before he retired in his 40s. He's been travelling the world on holiday ever since.
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