## Soma cubeThe Soma cube was first brought to popular attention by Martin Gardner in his "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American in 1958.^{1}
All 240 possible solutions were first identified by John Conway
and Michael Guy in 1961. The pieces can also be used to make a variety of
other interesting three-dimensional shapes so that the Soma cube is often
regarded as a three-dimensional analog of Tangrams.
It is unclear whether the puzzle is named after the fictitious drug "soma"
in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World. ## Reference- Gardner, M.
*The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions*. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961.
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