Mr. Rubik’s magic cube
Professor Ernő Rubik, inventor of the world's most famous cube, recently had lunch with the president of the European Commission in Brussels. Even though it was the 40th Anniversary of the Rubik Cube, we can assure you that the talk between President Barroso and the inventor wasn't only about the ageless wonder-toy. The meeting was actually centered on the importance of science education, and the vital task of making the engineering, natural science and mathematical professions more appealing to talented students.
The President of Hungary also held a dinner in honor of Rubik, during which he also reminded us of the government’s plan to build a Rubik Cube-shaped museum in Budapest. The Rakoczy Bridge, which will serve as the site of the building, is part of the picturesque panoramic view from the president's terrace. Construction is supposed to begin this year.
The Cube was patented in 1976 under the name, "three dimensional logic game". Four years later every 10th person in Hungary had one. Today, as President Barroso explained, the Rubik Cube has become a symbol of European creativity. The Museum of Modern Art has even placed the Rubik Cube in the permanent collection of its architecture and design department.
The timeless band, The Barron Knights, introduced the magic cube to the world of pop music with their song, Mr. Rubik. It’s the perfect song with which we can wish the 70 year-old professor Ernő Rubik, and his namesake Cube, a happy birthday.