Monday, October 6, 2008

Acme Klein Bottle

A Klein Bottle is a geometrical wonder. It's beautifully shaped, but has no distinct "inside" or "outside".  It would be the perfect gift for anyone with a love of geometry - or pretty glassware. the primary purveyor of such objects is Acme Klein Bottle, owned and operated by  Clifford Stoll. As he describes it: 
At last, Acme has conquered topological and engineering frontiers to manufacture genuine glass Klein Bottles. These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions.

These elegant bottles make splendid gifts, outstanding classroom displays, and inferior mouse-traps. With its circle of singularities, an Acme Klein Bottle can be said to exist inside of itself -- especially handy during time-reversals.
I think they would make the perfect geeky wedding or housewarming gift.

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