What a scramble.
Scrambling it is much easier than solving it. But it still involves some fascinating questions, such as the number of random moves needed to consider the cube truly messed up.
It gets easier with practice.
Despite its huge complexity, your brain directs its neural traffic in relatively straightforward ways when approaching cognitively demanding tasks such as puzzles.
A new study suggests that being intellectually engaged does nothing to slow cognitive decline, but it does start the decline from a higher point.
We shouldn't save play for the playground.
How do people make complex decisions?
Watching how people play a game against a computer opponent can help identify how humans use – or don't use – game theory principles to make decisions.
Mapping connections at your next shindig.
Let's say you want the perfect mix of friends and strangers at your next party. Mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century, and the answer is complicated.
Put a lamb on an island of lions and they'll eat it – or will they?
You need to think like a mathematician to solve those viral maths problems.
There's a reason why some people get different answers to those frustrating viral maths problems. You need to learn how to "read" the maths.
Bill Tutte, the brilliant codebreaker.
He was one of the brilliant mathematical geniuses who helped crack the Nazi codes, but few have ever heard of his name. So who was Bill Tutte?
It could be you.
Have you got the keen eye and quizzical mind of a professional spy? Let's find out ...
Don't worry – there are only 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 configurations.
Are you smarter than a third grader in Vietnam?
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People shouldn't let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.
A love of puzzles.
Have you heard the one about Cheryl's birthday? It's the latest puzzle that's baffling people across the world.
Children playing with puzzles between the ages of 26 and 46 months of age display better spatial skills at the age of 54…
There’s far more to the popular maths puzzle than putting numbers in a box.
Last month, a team led by Gary McGuire from University College Dublin in Ireland made an announcement: they had proven you can’t have a solvable Sudoku puzzle with less than 17 numbers already filled in…