Join us and Google as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Erno Rubik's famous cube. Oringially created as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3D objects, the cube is widely considered the world's best selling puzzle game, and universally loved as a pop icon. Enjoy this insight from the Washington Post on today's Google Doodle!
REPUBLISHED FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
On Monday, the tech titan presents a playable (and shareable) Doodle to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Rubik’s Cube, which was created by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik in the spring of 1974, when he spent weeks trying to solve his own invention.
“It was wonderful to see how, after only a few turns, the colors became mixed, apparently in random fashion,” Rubik, a 29-year-old at the time, once said. “It was tremendously satisfying to watch this color parade.
“Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home — let us put the [26 linked] cubes back in order,” recalled this design-scholar son of an engineer father and poet mother. “And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the big challenge: What is the way home?”
The next year, Rubik applied for a patent, which was approved in 1977. By making a deal with a toy company, he was able to get his block beyond the Communist bloc, and popularity skyrocketed, as the once-wooden toy, initially dubbed “the Magic Cube,” was honed, perfected and renamed till it became a small, colorful, kitschy symbol of the go-go ’80s — and reportedly the bestselling puzzle toy ever. Roughly one out of eight people on the planet, by some estimates, have tried their hand at solving the cube.