God’s number for the Rubik’s cube in the face turn metric

This is an update to the older post.

The story is described well at cube20.org but the bottom line is that Tom Rokicki, Herbert Kociemba, Morley Davidson, and John Dethridge have established that every cube position can be solved in 20 face moves or less. The superflip is known to take 20 moves exactly (in 1995, Michael Reid established this), so 20 is best possible – or God’s number in the face turn algorithm. Google (and, earlier, Sony) contributed computer resources to do the needed massive computations. Congradulations to everyone who worked on this!

This would make a great documentary I think!

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