The Möbius Strip: Dr. August Möbius's Marvelous Band in Mathematics, Games, Literature, Art, Technology, and Cosmology
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The Möbius Strip: Dr. August Möbius's Marvelous Band in Mathematics, Games, Literature, Art, Technology, and Cosmology

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The road that leads from the Möbius strip — a common-sense-defying continuous loop with only one side and one edge, made famous by the illustrations of M.C. Escher — goes to some of the strangest spots imaginable. It takes us to where the purely intellectual enters our world: where our senses, overloaded with grocery bills, the price of gas, and what to eat for lunch, are...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mister
Its a juxtaposition of various fields into one topic like a never-ending yo-yo that makes it an intriguing read though some passages were monotonous until you come to see amazing creativity at work via different cultures incorporatig this Mobius strip concept into their literature and artwork.
Amanda
This book is very dry. A mobius strip is a piece of paper twisted, and reconected, causing and endless circle effect. It keeps starting over, repeating itself. Yes, this aspect can be attributed to EVERYTHING in life. After several chapters it becomes clear this book itself is a mobius strip.
The best part is the begining. Two limmericks kick it all off to set the tone.

A burlesque dancer quite fit,
named Virginia could peel in a zip.
But she read science fiction, and died of constriction attemptin...more
Bram
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- The book contains many very nice riddles related to Möbius strips! The solutions are at the end, so you won't cheat unless you want to.

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- Sometimes you really needed extra figures, for example when the author was describing the "Roman surface".
- When talking about the possibility of a Möbius-like shaped universe, the author did not give the important remark that this is only science fiction or at least extremely unlikely. Good book on this subject: "A Universe from Nothing" by Lawrence M....more
Don
Pickover traces the origins of the Möbius strip from the mid-1800s, when the visionary scientist Dr. August Möbius became the first to describe the properties of one-sided surfaces, to the present, where it is an integral part of mathematics, magic, science, art, engineering, literature, and music. Today Möbius's strip is everywhere: it forms the familiar recycling symbol; freestyle skiers attempt a stunt called a “Möbius flip;” and it appears in the works of artists like M.C. Escher and writers...more
elyk
mobious was a crazy old cat; like barthes on watt's zentrip, a mathematical magician tells a grand history of the strip and its influences in the culture. more pirckover here: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/Pickov...
Fran
Fascinating to discover Möbius strips not only in science and curiosity, but in literature, games, religion, technology, autism, magic... So many facets to this one-sided strip. The book is well written and fun to read.
Erickson
Very elementary and written in light style. Suitable for those who has not really gone into topological studies or have not read much on the topic.
Jack Vinson
Fun facts for math nerds. Pickover covers a lot of ground in this one, centered around the fun of Möbius strips.
Valerie
Jul 23, 2008 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Joey
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Clifford A. Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.

He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated...more
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