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Soma Cube 3d - Large

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Imported (Thailand)
  • ASIN: B0012LJAMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,924 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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The Soma cube is a solid dissection puzzle invented by Piet Hein in 1936 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 and are given with the instructions. There are 240 distinct solutions of the Soma-cube puzzle. Dimensions: 3 1/3" x 3 1/3" x 3 1/3"

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Said it is nice enough to have as a desk decoration.
Gizella Bovair
I really appreciate that Monkey Pod Games includes a guide to create advanced shapes.
lonewolf
IMO this is a great mental exercise for their young brains.
LJL

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan B. Hall on January 28, 2010
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This is a classic puzzle. Its history is fascinating--invented during a lecture by Heisenberg himself--and its simplicity belies a fiendish complexity. This version, made of a pleasing tropical hardwood by Monkey Pod Games, is a tactile joy as well as a visual-spatial delight.

I love the feel of the seven different wood pieces, and I'd forgotten how much fun the puzzle itself is. The tray and cover pieces are very nice, too. It makes an attractive display piece when it's not galvanizing your right hemisphere.

You should note that there is only a minimal solution sheet, giving Piet Hein's own first solution to the puzzle. You'll be able to download a nicer PDF of the same thing from the company website. There are 239 other unique solutions...happy hunting! You'll want to look online for more information.

Most highly recommended is this large size; at close to 3.5" on a side, it's almost identical to the old Parker Brothers version, and the best to work with. The price is great, shipping was trouble-free, and the puzzle has now sat in various forms on my desk all day at work...fortunately, I'm in the arts, and this behavior is an asset, not a liability!

Highly recommended as a present for a friend, a bright kid of any age, or yourself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Groce on November 1, 2010
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Good value, good construction out of good materials. Better instructions would be helpful--go to one of Martin Gardner's books.

Incidentally, it is NOT a toy; it's a very good puzzle that one can build into a multitude of different constructions. A cube is only one of many.

David
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Simpson on June 14, 2011
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This is an excellent version of the Soma cube -- it's much better quality than the photo suggests. The cube includes a nice wooden storage tray and wooden cover (not shown in the photo), so you can carry the cube around without worrying about it falling apart. The included instructions show one solution for re-assembling the cube for storage, along with a chart of 35 Soma forms you can try to construct. You can also download a PDF of the instructions from the manufacturer's Web site that includes a total of 100 Soma forms. (Note, however, that forms 024, 029, and 033 on the instructions are impossible to create!)

For more background on the Soma cube, see Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Games" column in the September 1958 issue of "Scientific American", reprinted in The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions and in Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube: Martin Gardner's Mathematical Diversions (The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lezley Andrews on January 17, 2010
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This is a great educational toy for kids from 8 to 80! My son has played with one at school and wanted one for Christmas. We all love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Levin on January 8, 2010
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This is a great puzzle in so many ways. The quality is excellent. The pieces fit together to form a very tight square (or whatever shape you are looking to create). The wood is of very nice quality. And, this size of the SOMA Cube is really substantial and very nice to use.

The puzzle itself is great. There are so many shapes that can be made with this puzzle. The puzzling possibilities are virtually endless. A web search will show you the many possibilities. And the puzzles can take a bit of time to solve but are not so hard that you won't be able to find a solution in the end.

One note about the puzzle is that it not only comes with what is shown in the photo (the puzzle and base) but also with a nice wood lid that covers the whole thing up.

I definitely recommend this puzzle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TKD GAL on January 4, 2011
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My 18 yr old loves puzzles and had asked for one that would be challenging and look nice. Well, this does look nice. I guess the one disappointment to me was that he solved the cube in like a minute, along with the other configuration pictured on this site. However, he does like it and from reading the other reviews--there are more possibilities than even came on the sheet in the package--so, hopefully, it will bring more challenge to him. I also got the domino cube--which he did not figure out the first time he tried it--he got it in a cube--but, not with one color--I was happy that it was more of a challenge. I will look online for other possibilities for the Soma cube. All in all, it looks nice and he will probably go back to it enough to make it well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LJL on July 27, 2009
I purchased this for my young (preschool) children. We've had it ~ a month. They work with it quite often on their own accord. It is engaging and fun. IMO this is a great mental exercise for their young brains. I highly recommend this and/or similar puzzles.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on February 2, 2010
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My cousin had this at his home and my kids always played with it, so I decided to get one for ourselves! Fun!
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