What Is God's Number?

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A team used a bank of computers at Google to discover God's number in 2010. Though some Rubik's Cube positions are easier than others to solve, God's number dictates the fewest number of moves needed to solve any randomly mixed-up cube-so, it accounts for the more complex cube permutations.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. There are around 43 quintillion possible Rubik's Cube combinations. 00:37

  2. No matter how much you mix up a Rubik's Cube, it's able to be solved in 20 moves or fewer. 01:17

  3. One of the most difficult starting positions of a Rubik's Cube is called the Superflip. 03:19