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Wind and Mr. Ug: Finding love on the (Möbius) strip [Video]

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If you’re a fan of clever and fun, you must check out this video from Vi Hart, a self-proclaimed recreational "mathemusician". This video went viral a few weeks ago. In his New York Times profile of her, Kenneth Chang describes her goal to be the Web 2.0 version of the late Martin Gardner, famous for his Mathematical Games columns in Scientific American.
 
Besides being a brilliant introduction to concepts in topology, the video is also a bittersweet tale of a love that can never possibly be.

 





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  1. 1. jaybird2005 10:58 pm 02/12/2011

    Excellent. Tremendous creativity. The finest work I have seen in quite some time.

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  2. 2. dbtinc 10:09 am 02/13/2011

    This is someone with way too much time on their hands! Interesting but suggest that this is not in the domain of SA.

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  3. 3. wolfkiss 5:29 pm 02/13/2011

    Yes, math, specifically topology, and science have nothing to do with each other. [sarcasm intended]

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  4. 4. jstreet 1:06 am 02/16/2011

    We need a successor to Martin Gardner and I’m not talking about Martin Gardner + 1.

    It would be wonderful if it were a woman.

    Luckily, VI is equivalent to Martin Gardner in a very important way.

    ‘M’, the first letter of his first name, is the thirteenth letter in the alphabet. The first letter of his last name is ‘G’ which is the seventh letter.

    Now since 13 – 7 = 6 is expressed as VI in Roman numerals, VI will obviously get get the job as successor.

    Douglas Hofstadter was clearly unqualified because 4 – 8 = – IV which is only the mirror image of Martin Gardner reflected across x-axis on the xy-plane.

    While Garner was fascinated with symmetry, that fact alone did not qualify Hofstadter for the job.

    Too bad for Hofstadter and congratulations for Ms. Hart.

    I can’t wait to read her first column.

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