We all know about this one, and I bet some of you are experts. (I am lousy at stuff like this and never solved my only cube.) Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of the famous cube invented by Hungarian Erno Rubik, whose name will linger in history longer than any of ours. If you go to the page, and I guess you’d better go soon, you’ll see this, and it will whirl around when you click on it. When it gets big, you can go ahead and solve it. The first reader who does, and sends me a photo, will be honored on this post. (Sorry, no free books or mugs today.)
As Forbes notes:
According to Wired, Google was finally able to create their most sophisticated Doodle yet thanks to the widespread adoption of CSS 3-D Transforms on most web browsers.
“CSS 3-D Transforms lets us display the cube in a 3-D space, as opposed to having a sort of rasterized 2-D experience,” lead engineer Kristopher Hom told the publication. “It makes it feel alive, because as you’re moving your mouse, you can see the cube rotating in 3-D space.”
Here’s a screenshot of what you’ll see, but click here to solve the puzzle—if you can:
A few more salient facts:
[The invention] was in 1974, in Soviet-controlled Hungary. The architect eventually managed to license the cube to Ideal Toy Corp in 1980. It was originally called the Magic Cube, but was rebranded with the more memorable name we have now.
Since then it’s sold over 350 million units, making it the best-selling toy ever, though it’s not as popular as it once was. The world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube is held by Mats Valk, a Dutch teenager who managed to complete the cube in just 5.55 seconds.
The LEGO Mindstorms-built Cubestormer III robot—powered by a Galaxy S4 smartphone—solved the cube in just 3.25 seconds.
UPDATE: Reader Alan R. (see below) solved it; the proof and time taken are below. If you can best it, send me proof.
Reader Joseph G. sent me a better time this a.m.: