The Rubik’s Cube hardly needs an introduction. It was created in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a young Hungarian professor of architecture, who, as a teacher, was always looking for new, more exciting ways to present information to his students. His invention was used to help explain spatial relationships but many saw it as a wonderfully interactive toy that had much potential. Erno Rubik first began manufacturing and distributing the Cubes in Hungary but, with the help of mathematicians that took the Cube to international conferences, as well as the 1979 Nuremberg Toy Fair, it soon took off and charmed the entire globe.
- The original Rubik’s Cube was known as the “Magic Cube” and was twice the weight of the ones available later
- At the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1979 it was toy specialist Tom Kremer that took an interest in the Cube and helped bring it to American soil the very next year
- 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold since its international launch in 1980
- Approximately one in seven people alive have played with a Rubik’s Cube
- The Rubik’s Cube has its own official sport; Speedcubing