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Rubik's Cube sightings in media

brododragon

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Popular Mechanics magazine has a new article entitled, "The Amazing Math Inside the Rubik’s Cube".

Nice pictures and a quick read. More interestingly, we see cubing hitting mainstream media.

Such a good article, except it says Jessica fridrich invented CFOP.
 

brododragon

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I thought Jessica Fridrich did invent CFOP tell me if I'm wrong.
No. She just popularized it by publishing it on her website.
She was one of the inventors, but she wasn't the only one. She definitely was majorly involved, but there were other people involved
She just developed OLL/PLL algs. And while this is major and specifically for CFOP, it is still just a LL method, not CFOP.
 

xyzzy

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She just developed OLL/PLL algs. And while this is major and specifically for CFOP, it is still just a LL method, not CFOP.
This is one of the reasons I don't like the "CFOP" name.

Nowadays, we use "CFOP" primarily to refer to the cross-then-four-pairs style of solving F2L, together with doing the last layer however (including ZBLL, OLLCP, option select, 1LLL, etc.). However, it seems that the distinguishing feature of CFOP in its early days was that the last layer was solved with OLL and PLL, in contrast to the earlier CFCE method, which also had cross-then-four-pairs, but finished with CLL and ELL.

(Switching the name back to "the Fridrich method" does not fix this problem! I also don't know what a satisfactory solution would be, anyway; feel free to ignore this post.)
 

Jacck

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Torsten Sträter 2020-03-14 ARD-Mediathek (don't know whether this can be seen outside Germany)
Marco Weissenberg shows a cube trick (starting at 22:46) and for those who don't understand German:
At 23:28 Torsten says while scrambling: "Wait, I'll finish it soon ... I'm scared that I will solve it accidentally!"
 

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