Saturday, November 17, 2012

222nd Birth Anniversary of August Ferdinand Möbius

August Ferdinand Möbius 1790–1868
August Ferdinand Möbius (1790–1868)

The Universal Recycling Symbol
The eponymous creator of the Möbius Strip was born November 17, 1790. It's curious that the concept of a one-sided surface was also independently discovered by fellow German, Johann Benedict Listing around the same time.  The idea of the Möbius, also called the twisted cylinder, has sparked unusual creations such as George Hart's Möbius bagel. You can also find various instructional videos on creating your own Möbius Strip on Youtube. An example of a commonly seen Möbius Strip is the universal recycling symbol, with the green arrows chasing each other. A very fitting symbol for using and reusing, unendingly!
Möbius Strip

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