A Perplexus puzzle will keep you entertained and baffled for many hours. But have you ever wondered how far back in history our interest in puzzles goes?
Mankind has been fascinated with puzzles of one type or another since ancient times. From the mythical character of Theseus finding his way through the maze to do battle with the Minotor, to today’s complex mathematical conundrums, puzzles have always been with us, it seems. Throughout history they have sometimes been intellectual ones, using numbers, symbols and words, while others were three dimensional, employing stones, string, straws, wooden blocks – and a huge range of other raw materials that their creators could conceive of turning into puzzles.
The Chinese rings puzzle, for example, many have originated in China as early as the second century AD. In the early 1920s P. McMahon, a British mathematician and naval officer, invented the 30 coloured cube puzzle – marketed under the name Mayblox. The puzzle involved colouring. A cube with 6 colours in 30 ways (not counting rotations). But perhaps the most famous puzzle of all time was one created in the 1970s. Rubik, a Professor in the Department of Graphics Design at the University of Budapest, invented the Rubik’s cube, with its mind-bending block twisting logic conundrum.
Perplexus is the latest in that honourable historic line – and we wish you all the best at beating it!