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Soma Cube by Maurice Vigouroux
Photo courtesy of Guillaume Largounez
Name
Soma Cube
Designer
Manufacturer
Dimensions
Varies
Year
1933
Cost
Puzzle Master : 16 $
Arteludes : 19 €
Availability
Widely Available
# of Pieces
7
Material
Many Various Materials
Objective
Assemble the 7 pieces into a solid cube (240 unique solutions)
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"The Soma cube is a solid dissection puzzle invented by Piet Hein in 1933 during a lecture on quantum mechanics conducted by Werner Heisenberg. Seven pieces made out of unit cubes must be assembled into a 3x3x3 cube. The pieces can also be used to make a variety of other interesting 3D shapes.

The pieces of the Soma cube consist of all possible combinations of four or fewer unit cubes, excluding all convex shapes (i.e., the 1x1x1, 1x1x2, 1x1x3, 1x1x4 and 1x2x2 cuboids). This leaves just one three-block piece and six four-block pieces, of which two form an enantiomorphic pair. A similar puzzle consisting solely of all eight four-block pieces (including the cuboids) would contain 32 unit cubes and, thus, could not be assembled into a cube." -Wikipedia