# Message #207

From: Melinda Green <melinda@superliminal.com>

Subject: Re: [MC4D] "good books"

Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 22:58:24 -0700

Here are some more books. Text lifted directly from

http://www.math.ucf.edu/~reid/Rubik/index.html

I’ve read Singmaster’s "Notes on Rubik’s Magic Cube" which is short and

accessible.

-Melinda

4. Cube books

*Inside Rubik’s Cube and Beyond*, by Christoph Bandelow, Birkhäuser

Boston, 1982. This is the best cube book ever written. Besides the

clever title, it also has a section on mathematical theory, a solution

understandable to the average person, amusing cartoons, an exceptional

collection of pretty patterns and maneuvers, and a flowchart for a

cube-solving program. The German edition of the book, *Einführung in die

Cubologie* is earlier, and not quite as complete as the English edition,

but I’ve heard it’s also very good.

*Notes on Rubik’s Magic Cube*, by David Singmaster, Enslow, 1981. The

first book to appear about the cube and the most influential. This book

popularized Singmaster’s "FLUBRD" notation and other conventions which

have become standard. It’s not as polished as Bandelow’s book, but it

appeared much earlier. Appendices were added as new information was

discovered. You can see cube history unfold before your eyes as you read

them. It’s still a classic.

*Winning Ways* (volume 2), by Elwyn Berlekamp, John Conway and Richard

Guy, Academic Press, 1982. It only has a brief section on Rubik’s Cube,

but it’s quite worthwhile. Many other games are discussed, including

Conway’s Game of Life.

*Handbook of Cubik Math*, by Alexander Frey, Jr. and David Singmaster,

Enslow, 1982. This book supplements Singmaster’s *Notes on Rubik’s Magic

Cube*, by taking a closer look at the group theory behind the cube.

*Rubik’s Cubic Compendium*, by Ernő Rubik, Tamas Varga, Gerzson Keri,

Gyorgy Marx and Tamas Vekerdy, Oxford University Press, 1987. English

translation of *A Buvös Kocka*, with an afterword by David Singmaster.

*Cubic Circular*, by David Singmaster. A short-lived periodical in 8

issues. They are now online at Jaap’s page

<http://www.geocities.com/jaapsch/puzzles/cubic.htm>, but you are

encouraged to purchase print versions from David Singmaster.

Also see Georges Helm’s comprehensive collection of cube solutions

<http://webplaza.pt.lu/public/geohelm/myweb/cubbib.htm> (nearly 600 items).

liatsecret wrote:

> Hi Ivan and all…:)

>

> sorry for the delay…

>

> Here are some books you might find interesting.

>

> You can find them on Amazon…

>

> 1) "A handbook of Cubik Math" by Alexander Frey and David Singmaster.

>

> 2) The other is Bizek’s "mathematics of the rubic cube design".