About Me

My name is Nan Ma. On many online forums I use the name "schuma" because I am a big fan of Michael Schumacher.

I am enthusastic about all the puzzles similar to the Rubik's Cube. They are called Twisty Puzzles on the Twistypuzzles forum. I have solved

I gave lectures on how to use group theory to construct algorithms to solve the puzzles listed above in UC Berkeley. Here is a recorded video.

I am an average speed cuber. My personal best is super-20.

I'm also very interested in the game Tchisla and have built a webpage to help me explore the records.

In September 2018, I worked with Roice Nelson to explore possibilities of non-associative "twisty" puzzles. We built a proof-of-concept puzzle based on integral octonions in Python. Check the introduction and the repo.