Posts Tagged ‘Rubik’s Cube’

Not so simple games

June 27, 2008

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.