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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 2007)
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Bram
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Pro
- 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.

Con
- 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.
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Mister
Apr 19, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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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
David
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pickover is obviously a genius, but he seems to lack an internal editor, and his publisher did not provide him with a book editor. Pity, because this book is rich with mathematical ideas and has bright illustrations facing every page of text.

Problem is, it's not a book, but a collection of everything concerning Möbius, discoverer of the famous one-side, one-face strip that bears his name. Because the book is about everything Möbius, it wanders far afield and arrives nowhere. Too non-linear for
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Peter Salva
This is a fascinating book. I do admit that two of the chapters, the math centric ones, I only skimmed through. However, most of the topics covered here were super interesting and easily understood. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on theoretical multiverses and parallel universes and simulations. I would recommend this as a great intro to all the wonderful applications of mobius strips.
Fran
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
elyk
Apr 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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...
Jonathan Chuang
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Quite badly written. Rambles with unnecessary information. Written as if for children but no child would really enjoy I don't think. Boring.
Valerie
Jul 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Joey
Shelves: math
Full of amusing diversions.
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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
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