“If you are curious, you’ll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them. ” – Erno Rubik
The world’s best selling toy, the ‘Rubik cube’ was designed by Erno Rubik of Hungary. He was a professor of architecture and was always on the lookout for new and exciting ways of explaining concepts to students. He designed the cube in such a way that no matter which way it was turned or twisted, it did not fall apart. An internal pivot mechanism enabled each face to turn independently. The cube had colorful stickers on each of its faces.
Rubik used the cube to explain the spatial relationships to his students. He did not realise that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled the cube. Never once did he imagine that his ‘magic cube’, as it was called then, would become the most popular puzzle in the world!
Rubik received Hungarian patent for his cube in 1975. He wanted to popularize the cube in the rest of the world. The cube was taken to the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1979 where a toy specialist named Tom Kremer agreed to sell it to the rest of the world.
It was then that Ideal Toy Company became the worldwide distributor of the magic cube and renamed it ‘Rubik cube’ after its inventor.