My 8 year-old son got a Rubik’s cube in his Christmas stocking this year.
I had gotten one as a birthday present when I was about 10. It was at the height of the craze and I was so excited.
I distinctly remember bursting into tears when I discovered that my little sister sneaked playing with it, and messed it up the day I got it. I knew I would mess it up to an unsolvable point soon myself, but I was still relishing the fun of creating patterns in the 9 squares, then getting it back to 6 sides of single-colored perfection. (I loved patterns even then). [Read more…] about On Puzzles, Statistics, Algorithms, and Understanding