Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,

A tale of a fateful trip

That started from a Rubik’s Cube

(Erno gets a hat tip).

The authors were the mighty Igor Kriz,

Paul Siegel brave and sure

With simple groups they tried that day

for a three game tour, a three game tour.

The puzzles started getting tough,

The Monster game was tossed,

If not for the courage of the fearless pair

The new games would be lost, the new games would be lost.

The pair made games from the math of three

Sporadic simple groups

With M12

M24 too,

(From Émile Mathieu, not his wife)

The final star*

From Professor John Co-on-way

Here on Sciam Isle!

* Dotto, based on Conway’s group .0

*See this article in Scientific American about how the authors, inspired by the Rubik’s cube, used sporadic simple groups to create new games. The games can be found here.*