This new puzzle, a folding mechanical puzzle, is another amazing mindbender by master puzzle inventor Ivan Moscovich. This puzzle, like many others Ivan has invented, explores areas that are interesting topically as well as from a puzzling perspective.
Topically, there is an enormous amount of interest today in molecular folding - how long chains of polymers or DNA, for instance, can fold to fit in small spaces. As these long chemical chains fold, different segments of the chain wind up next to each other, which, it turns out, impact the behavior or structural integrity of the chain in question. DNA models, for instance, are generally depicted in long chains. These chains fold, and through folding, different pieces of the DNA strand winds up being next to each other, which triggers the expression of that DNA strand differently then if it had been folded in a different way. This same mechanic has been observed in materials science as an underlying structural sub-strait which influences the properties and strengthen of many materials. Understanding the dynamic of molecular folding is difficult at best, especially in a virtual environment, and is at the cutting edge of research today.
Ivan Moscovich provides us with a visual and tactile way to understand the intricacies of folding problems through a beautifully rendered puzzle. 56 different challenges are included. Mastering these challenges helps illuminate this increasingly important area of research.
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Converge on brilliance - Ivan’s Hinge
Articulating joints bend hither and yon. Your hands fly out of boredom into action – and your mind follows right along.
Manipulate the swinging, hinged pieces of Ivan's Hinge. What starts out
as simple pleasure in flexing vivid pieces & sections- leads to
head-scratching challenge when you attempt to match one of the brilliant
Knit together a solution in your mind… then play it out by folding,
looping, turning, and bending. All wrong? Untwist, unweave, unwind –
and have a go again!
Finally, you’ll alight on a solution. Then, Aha! -another. A
couple of successes, and you'll aim to wrap your mind around a solution
for every pattern card included!
Ivan’s Hinge is combination irresistible-fidgety toy and fast-forming
fun. In play with this collection of tricky and baffling brainteasers,
you’ll understand several things:
1. When colors & patterns align the way you envision them – it is a beautiful thing.
2. When they don’t – bending, folding, turning & looping Ivan’s Hinge is still addictive.
3. Ivan Moscovich, the celebrated puzzle creator, is indeed a genius.
Match your creation to the pattern pictures once, and you’ll resolve to re-solve Ivan’s hinge again & again!
|Fold, loop, bend, twist, turn- to find a solution!
Patterned challenge cards invite curiosity, logic & determination
Brainteaser & mind-builder - refines visual spatial skills
Created by famed puzzle creator Ivan Moscovich
Ideal for brain stimulation and relaxation
Appeals to a wide range of ages
1 Ivan’s Hinge Puzzle
56 Challenge Cards