Valentines for Math Geeks

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Valentines for Math Geeks

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Have you prepared your gifts? If not, perhaps you may consider showing your inner math geek side to your loved ones…

… by making Möbius strip hearts! Show your love in making really cool math art!

This is sure to delight your loved ones! Read here for the step-by-step instructions on creating this!

To impress your loved ones further, here are some information on what Möbius strips are!

What is a Möbius strip?

The Möbius strip was discovered independently by German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. It is a surface with only one side and only one edge. It can be made using a strip of paper by gluing the two ends together with a half-twist. The twisting is possible in two directions; so there are two different (mirror-image) Möbius strips.

The Mobius strip is known for its unusual properties. A bug crawling along the centre line of the loop would go around twice before coming back to its starting point! Cutting along the centre line of the loop creates one longer band, not two. Do you know that the universal recycling symbol is actually a Möbius strip? Math is really cool in so many ways, and you can learn more about Möbius strips in the branch of math called topology.

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