Taking on the Rubik’s Cube

Group theory is so often seen as a highly abstract area of Mathematics and it seems difficult to imagine how it could be applied in the real world. Perhaps it seems as an area that mathematicians love for its pure beauty and its fascinating structures and reasoning.

However that is not very much true. While there are applications in the Sciences itself: Physics and Chemistry(for modeling the arrangement of atoms in crystals and more), one of the applications that can be better appreciated by the non-mathematician is that of solving the Rubik’s Cube! Therefore, I have decided to write a series of blog posts exploring how Group theory gives essential clues and methods to solve the Cube. This is a perfect topic for the theme of this blog, since it takes some seemingly up in the clouds Mathematics and shows how it can be applied to something so fun( and tantalizing) as the Rubik’s Cube.


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