Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo
The Rubik's Cube is a plastic cube with six faces, each of which has a different color on it and is made up of nine smaller squares. It was invented by Hungarian designer, architect, and university professor Ernö Rubik in 1974. It was originally named “Magic Cube” by its creator, but it began to be commercialized under the name Rubik's Cube in 1980 because of marketing reasons. In the 1980s, the Rubik's Cube became a worldwide phenomenon, with millions of items being sold. Ernö Rubik, a professor of physics, designed the Cube when he was looking for a way to teach his students about spatial relationships. The cube would provide them with an example of how spatial relationships worked. Rubik claimed that he had found inspiration for the design of the cube's squares after seeing the pebbles in the Danube River shores. Though intended to be solely a teaching aid, ...