Asked by: Kartikeya Shah

Ants would be able to walk on the Mobius strip on a single surface indefinitely since there is no edge in the direction of their movement. Just like what M.C. Escher depicted in his famous picture (shown on the right.)

Mobius strip was named after the astronomer and mathematician August Ferdinand Mï¿½bius (1790-1868). He came up with his 'strip' in September 1858. Independently, German mathematician Johann Benedict Listing (1808-1882) devised the same object in July 1858. Perhaps we should be talking about the Listing strip instead of the Mobius strip.

To learn more about the Mobius strip go to: ScienceNews MathTrek

Learn more about the Mobius strip at Fermilab.

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Answered by: Dan Summons, Theory Physics Undergrad Student, UOS, Souhampton

'Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.'**Bertrand Russell**

(*1872-1970*)

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