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Speed Solving the Cube: Easy to Follow, Step-by-step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles [Paperback]

Dan Harris , Robert Steimle
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 July 2008
They call it speedcubing- a mind-bending blur of quick twists and turns that solves Rubiks Cube in times that have been clocked at less than 20 seconds! Today, thanks to the 2003 revival of the Rubiks World Championships, speedcubing is spreading like wildfire. Here, complete with detailed illustrations and basic as well as advanced solving techniques, is the ultimate speedcubers guide. It not only gives the solution to the familiar 3x3x3 cube (which has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 - thats 43 quintillion - possible positions), but also the 2x2x2, 4x4x4, and staggeringly difficult 5x5x5 puzzles. With millions of cubes out there and countless would-be champions looking for tips to improve their times, this is the definitive manual for this unique sport.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402753136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402753138
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, but... 28 July 2009
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I've tried a few books on solving the cube. Most are really basic, and not very clear. This book covers the basic method very well, and also explains why the method works as it goes along (at least I assume it's clear. I may have the advantage of already knowing what it means).
The only issue I have is a technical one: since I would like to read the speedcubing solutions whilst actually holding a Rubik's cube, the book would be massively improved with a ring-binder spine. That way I could actually put the book down without losing my place! This is a failing of most instruction manuals of course, but the first publisher to sort this issue would get my money.

Update: After six months I have now used this book to learn the speedcubing technique, and without much hassle at all. Very clear instructions again, and I can now use the CFOP method to solve the cube in well under a minute! (49.9 seconds is now my average - I know: more work still to be done). I still had problems with keeping the book open whilst I read, but I got around this by photocopying the pages and laying them out on the table in front of me, with the added advantage of being able to arrange the solutions in any order I needed. Very good book, and I'm still not finished with it yet. There are even more advanced techniques I still haven't got to.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 29 July 2008
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This book is great for anyone who has a rubik's cube. Anyone who can do a 3x3 normally can jump to the speedcubing methods, but it also has a beginner method for anyone who doesn't already know it, or does not know how to solve a rubik's cube. This book also has solutions for the other rubik's cubes i.e. 2x2, 4x4 £ 5x5, which I am going to look at.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating 17 May 2014
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I have recently learned to solve the 3x3x3 cube by following YouTube instructions and bought this book hoping to learn F2L more thoroughly thereby bringing my solve time down to below 1 minute.

One reviewer has mentioned that there are numerous errors in the algorithms given. Quite frankly this is not a minor error; it is basically analogous to saying "I bought a cube but there was a minor problem in that the thing falls apart every time I touch it". Giving incorrect information to the student is not a minor error, it is from an instructional point of view, completely unacceptable and renders the book almost useless.

It is imperative when instructing something complex like the cube, to be 100% clear about the language you are using and to progress slowly and surely. Yet the author sometimes introduces expressions which have not been explained fully. Eg on page 52 he starts talking about a 'cross-color' without explaining what that means. Yet in other parts of the book, he includes flabby unnnecessary sentences like "I hope these examples are helpful". The editor should have gone through this book and got rid of all redundant nonsense like that (I think it should be safe for us to assume that the author hopes his material is helpful). They should also have made it a book exclusively about the 3x3x3 cube - do one thing well and not multiple things poorly! That way there would probably have been more scope to go over the various stages more slowly and with more thorough explanation at each stage.

Another reviewer has complained that there is not enough clarity about very simple starters things, like simply which direction one should turn the cube if given a 'B' in an algorithm.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By FrankS
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The first thing you'll need to do, is update your copy of the book based on the errata, as there are quite a few typo's and errors affecting the solve sequences/ algorithms.
You can find many here: http://sc.morganisms.net/2011/12/speed-solving-the-cube-by-dan-harris-errata/ or search for "speed solving dan harris errata". I'm only 1/3 through the book and I've found other errors, which is a bit disappointing.

The second thing I'd highly recommend, is that you take your copy of the book to your nearest print/ copy services bureau, and ask them to guillotine off the glue binding, and re-bind the book with a coil or other metal spiral binding, so you can lay this book open/ flat.

I think this is the first time I've "modded" a book, but, it was essential, so that I could leave the book open flat (for reference) while I practiced the algorithms with a cube.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant value 28 Mar 2010
I purchased this book with prior knowledge of how to solve the rubix cube, looking at the most basic way to solve it I thought was a bit difficult, I am now learning the CFOP method which I find very easy to navigiate around.

There is also instructions of how to solve 2x2x2 and 4x4x4 if you fancy a challenge.

All together this is more than worth the value and I think it is a must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working! 31 July 2013
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I bought this as a gift and the recipient is now able to solve the cube after less than a week with limited leisure time. The book is well written and presents the methods for solving the Rubiks cube in a no-nonsense manner, along with helpful illustrations. Split into a couple of major sections, it first shows the basic method of solving the cube, then moves onto the more complex algorithms needed to become a speed-solver. The owner of the book is very happy with it and it is clearly effective.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Provides a solution.
Bought because my son (age 7) wanted a Rubiks Cube (which I also bought), I used to be able to solve the cube years ago (when I was about 9) but had fogotten the easy formula that... Read more
Published 5 days ago by small world
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by tracey offen
5.0 out of 5 stars Can do it!
Eldest son can now solve the cube really quickly. I found some of the instructions confusing but he obviously worked it out very quickly.
Published 11 days ago by Karen Nicol
4.0 out of 5 stars ... how to solve the cube using this book is good apart from the final...
Learning how to solve the cube using this book is good apart from the final section where it can get a little confusing and it would be better to follow Rubik's official PDF on... Read more
Published 19 days ago by HSkinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very clever - does what it is expected to do
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Brian F. Muir
2.0 out of 5 stars Not user friendly.
Difficult to keep book open while solving the cube. there are better solving ways explained on you tube than this book
Published 2 months ago by Super mum
5.0 out of 5 stars First time cuber!
Helped me finally complete a rubik's cube. I'm no speed cuber but i keep working on getting faster. Gives all the hints and tips needed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Meade
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
Fast delivery and an excellent book for anyone interested in solving the cube, has good algorithms for CFOP system as well a great section on influencing the LL and COLL for people... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edward Peake
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
lots of good info,
but can ireally be arsed to learn all the algorhythms ?
No, don't think i'll get passed usung the book.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. G. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book
Great book, very informative, nice layout. Great for anyone looking to improve their solving, and a nice VHF2L description for anyone looking for advanced methods. Read more
Published 3 months ago by max bradley
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