Confession. I’m horrible at math. And if you aren’t, I hate you. Anyhoo, the reason I’m bringing up math, and really, numbers, is because it’s all about the numbers when you are trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. If you don’t believe me, you can check out this video by Mike Boyd.
In the video, Boyd started with a goal: Learn how to solve Rubik’s cube in 2 minutes. The catch? It took him 16 hours over 20 days to do it. Did he do it? Did he solve the cube? I have my own no-spoilers given code that I live by, so I won’t tell you. What I can talk about is the amount of work and prep that goes into speedsolving a Rubik’s Cube.
One of the first things Boyd has to learn about is all of the different algorithms used to solve the cube. He has to use a combination of math and intuitive moves to speedsolve the cube. Watching Boyd learn, get frustrated, and continue to learn (and, in the process, get better) is like watching a nerdy Rocky montage. Admittedly…it’s kinda cool. (Also, Boyd hits us with some awesome Rubik’s factoids as side notes.)
Near the end of the video, we see that Rubik’s cube speedsolving is a real thing. We get treated to several scenes of kids solving cubes in a matter of seconds. Sometimes, we humans are pretty damn cool.
To nerd out, just press play.