How George Rathmann Mastered The Science Of The Deal

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George Rathmann is a nut for games. Back in the late 1970s, when he was the research chief for Abbott Laboratories, a co-worker left a Rubik's Cube sitting on Rathmann's desk. Entranced by the seemingly simple challenge, Rathmann proceeded to spend "night and day" on the puzzle until he finally solved it--three days later. Even so, that's no easy feat: Out of 43 quintillion possibilities, there is only one correct combination.

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