PHYSICISTS FIND PERFECT ROTATIONS FOR MASSIVE MAGIC CUBES


Winnipeg, June 15, 2004 – Physicists are announcing today that magic cubes composed of lines of numbers with the same sum, which fascinate recreational mathematicians as an extension of magic squares, show a remarkable rotational symmetry for objects with the numbers replaced by proportional masses.

The report is being presented by Adam Rogers and Peter Loly of the University of Manitoba today in Winnipeg, MB to physicists, astrophysicists, and medical physicists at a unique conference of Canadian physics societies (CAP/CASCA/COMP/BSC CONGRESS 2004). The conference is hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in celebration of the Faculty of Science's 100th anniversary. This discovery adds a new fundamental result to the field of magic squares and cubes.

Rogers has just graduated with an Honors degree in Physics and Professor Loly supervised his research. This work was supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba.

David Politzer, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, has said of this result that “if one were to toss a magic cube, it would freely rotate just as a uniform sphere, without any unstable rotations.” A full report is being published this month in the American Journal of Physics.

“It is thrilling to have a summer project in 2003 extending a core undergraduate topic on inertia tensors develop so quickly into a landmark paper,” said Loly. “More so now that we are able to report that a corresponding electrical problem shows strong parallels,” said Rogers.

For more information, contact:

Adam Rogers
Phone: (204) 633-1530
Email: physics_adam@hotmail.com

Dr. Peter Loly
Phone: (204) 474-9895
Email: loly@cc.umanitoba.ca