The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider

A Puzzlement

Randall’s got an analogy for Rubik’s cube. Like the cube, there’s a trick to it. Unlike the cube, it doesn’t really illustrate any interesting mathematics. Also unlike the cube, I’m not about to go telling everyone what the trick is out in public.

I mean, sure, it’s not like I’m using it or anything, but it’s the principle of the thing.

August 1, 2008 - Posted by | Rubik\'s Cube


  1. Is it just me, or does Randall Munroe have some *deep* sexual insecurities? I know that XKCD is billed as a comic of “romance, sarcasm, math and language”, and that romance is given top billing for a reason, but more often than not, I get the impression that many of his comics are meant to tell the world, “Yes, I’m a nerd, but I get laid nonetheless.” It’s starting to get tiresome. And it seems like more and more of his comics are in this vein. There have been some absolutely sublime XKCDs in the past (135 comes to mind). But I feel like the glory days are over.

    Comment by Nick | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. I don’t know if it’s always “Yes, I’m a nerd, but I get laid nonetheless”. It’s often as not “I’m so lonely…”; that having been said, this strain in the comic has been there from the beginning. That is, xkcd’s glory days are not over because of this; rather, (IMHO, of course) xkcd’s glory days have always been in spite of this.

    Comment by Sridhar Ramesh | August 3, 2008 | Reply

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