Unzipping the Klein Bottle


ACME Klein Bottle The Klein Bottle.  I remember first learning about it,  and it was, well, hard to visualize.  (“Self intersecting?  The outside and inside all the same?  Hanging out in four-dimensional space?  Ummm, okay.”)  Then I discovered ACME Klein bottles, and they made my life happy because I could sort of understand what a Klein bottle was, and because their web page is fun to read.  Plus, they sell Klein Steins:

klein-stein-small(Godzilla finished his beverage before I got a chance to photograph it.)

One feature of a Klein bottle is that it can be made from two Möbius strips.   Another thing that was hard for me to picture (though again Clifford Stoll at ACME comes to the rescue), but I just ran across this video of a Klein bottle that had been made by zipping together two Möbius strips, and I thought it was so neat that I wanted to share it.  I might just have to figure out how to work the sewing machine just so I can make one.

(And really, I’d just intended this post to end here, but then I found the following clip and couldn’t resist adding it!)

ACME Klein Bottle photo by Lethe, published under GNU Free Documentation License.

2 Responses to “Unzipping the Klein Bottle”

  1. Dave Richeson Says:

    Speaking of Cliff Stoll—have you ever read his book The Cuckoo’s Egg? http://www.amazon.com/Cuckoos-Egg-Clifford-Stoll/dp/0671726889 It is a true story about how he tracked down a hacker in the early days of the Internet. I won’t ruin the book by telling the agenda of the hacker, but along the way Stoll ended up working with the FBI, CIA, and the NSA, despite his dislike of these entities. Great book.

  2. Dave Richeson Says:

    Ha, ha—although as I now look at the subtitle of the book, it kind of gives away the identity of the hacker that was trying to conceal “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage.”

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