Steady State Cube

by richgain
  • White

    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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This cube really is something quite special.

About a year ago, after seeing the Transformers movie, I was inspired, by the behaviour of the alien technology in the AllSpark cube, to try and design a puzzle that could expand equally in all directions. To make things even harder, I wanted each piece to be locked in place by the preceding move.

After many prototypes I finally succeeded in creating this unique sculpture consisting of six parts.

The first stage in solving the puzzle involves discovering how the pieces fit together in the expanded configuration. (One of these moves includes a rotation, which makes it much harder to crack by computer!)

The second stage is to collapse the expanded cube down to the smaller cube by pressing each of the faces in the correct sequence.

The name of the puzzle comes from a (now obsolete) alternative to the Big Bang Theory proposed by Fred Hoyle. I like the fact that from its expanded, steady state the cube can either collapse inwards or explode outwards.

© Richard Gain 2008


IN: 2.519 w x 2.321 d x 2.332 h
CM: 6.398 w x 5.896 d x 5.924 h


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looks awsome
June 23, 2013, 6:08 pm
Brilliant little puzzle! Spent a fair while solving this instead of studying for an exam. Definately recommend for anyone who likes the looks of it.
April 30, 2013, 10:38 am
@megmaltese That's a stainless steel Superegg designed by Piet Hein. You can still buy them in Denmark. I got mine on eBay. Use Google to see what you can do with them!
April 1, 2013, 6:21 pm
What about the metal evil ovule? :D
December 14, 2012, 5:32 am
Wow! Just watched 'What happened before the Big Bang?' on Horizon. Lots of nice burr puzzle action from all the presenters as well as a plethora of theories about Big Bang alternatives ... and who's to say who is right? If the universe isn't expanding then maybe Steady State is still in with a chance! Well, it's been good for me anyway!
October 11, 2010, 8:59 pm
October 1, 2009, 7:33 am
The Big Bang theory is flawed because it relies on the Hubble Constant which is clearly an optical defect relating to the propagation of light waves over vast distances. If the volume of space expanded uniformly in all directions, the relative size of everything would make such changes imperceptible. Steady State isn't Obsolete. :p
April 24, 2009, 1:04 am
*is very afraid of this puzzle* cool work!
March 31, 2009, 12:43 pm
You can now watch a video of this puzzle in action at
March 31, 2009, 5:34 am
wow, this rocks!
March 30, 2009, 9:00 am
Cool idea!
March 28, 2009, 9:14 pm
wow. thats sweet!
March 28, 2009, 4:13 pm


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