Tuesday, 29 January 2008

The Möbius Strip

At school I used to love making the Möbius strip.

It fascinated me no end.

One side or two sides? Which is the correct answer. I mean it can’t be both can it?

Well, mathematically the answer is one side, but when you squeeze either “side” of the paper strip with your thumb and index finger that seems counterintuitive. Weird.

The Möbius Strip also fascinated the legendary Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. His version had red ants going around the strip – never to reach the end of course…