Turtle of Hanoi

by Andrew Wayman
added 06.01.2014

On top of the highest mountain sits the great temple of the turtles. Deep inside the temple there are three brass plates on which 264 turtles sit in order of size with the largest at the bottom.

Legend says that at the time of creation all of the turtles were placed on one stand and that the turtle priest unceasingly transfers the turtles from stand to stand never placing a larger turtle on a smaller one.

When all of the turtles have been transferred to the last stand the universe will come to an end.
The priests at turtle temple are required to move 264 turtles, so if they can move one turtle a second it will take 600,000,000,000 years to transfer all the turtles.

This puzzle does not take quite so long.