- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (1 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501121936
- ISBN-13: 978-1501121937
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving Paperback – 1 Aug 2017
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Ian Scheffler has written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a degree in English from Columbia University, where he co-edited the Columbia Review. Cracking the Cube is his first book.
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A quick and charming read!13 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
A charming read, it sucks you in quickly and is well written. I think the best takeaway that nobody else has mentioned is that ultimately, anyone can learn to solve Rubik's Cube, but that in order to speedcube you need to work hard, study/practice, and get involved in the speedcuber community, where you'll learn so much more. This book is not a how-to on solving the puzzle or tips on how to do it faster, it is a means to inspire.
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and then to learn that the best can do it so much faster27 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to overstate how exciting it is to follow young Mr. Scheffler on his quest to crack 20 seconds on the cube. Before reading this book I never thought that was possible, and then to learn that the best can do it so much faster....WOW! It blew my mind. As someone who long ago gave up hope of ever solving a rubiks cube, this book gave me the vicarious thrill of the solve and made me want to pick one up myself.
9 people found this helpful
A fascinating and enjoyable read.25 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
In this very entertaining book, journalist Ian Scheffler recounts his quest to achieve the nearly impossible – solving the Rubik’s Cube in under 20 seconds. Along the way he seeks advice from numerous unusual but brilliant people from all around the world, from teenaged speedcubing prodigies to brilliant graduate students and grizzled veterans who have been solving the cube since the 80s. The most fascinating person he encounters is the elusive inventor of the cube, Ernő Rubik himself. Whether you are a cubing addict, or someone who has never solved the cube, this is a fascinating and enjoyable read.
12 people found this helpful
Christmas purchase for my son. He has read it ...5 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Christmas purchase for my son. He has read it three times and brings it up in conversations on occasion.
It's a history of the cube along with the story of one man's quest to get better at solving it3 February 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this wanting and expecting a guide to solving the cube. This book is NOT that! It's a history of the cube along with the story of one man's quest to get better at solving it. The book is a fast read, and the story is well told... it's a lot better than I thought it would be, but it's not the book I was expecting. "How I Got Better at Solving the Cube" would have been a better title.
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