Wind and Mr. Ug

By Sean Carroll | January 23, 2011 7:11 am

A charming video story on a Möbius strip, by Vi Hart (via Michael Nielsen).

Besides the undeniable cleverness, there is some deeper metaphorical message here. Take it for what you will.

  • natselrox

    A wit comparable to none other than Lewis Carroll. Humorous and deep. Brilliant!

  • Gebo


  • buffalodavid

    Absolutely charming. I love this.

  • Scottie Davis

    Lol awesome.

  • The EGE

    Vi Hart is my very favorite mathematician. She might just be the 21st century’s Martin Gardner.

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  • Train Wreck

    Awesome, simple and intricate at the same time.

  • BarMonger

    Brilliantly done!
    It’s been a long time since I folded paper and started cutting it :-)

  • Shecky R.

    delightful indeed!… Vi has been getting a lot of play lately in math circles… if you missed it, even the NY TIMES did a piece on her recently:

    [she describes herself at her own site here: ]

    she calls herself a “recreational mathemusician” (she was a college music major who NEVER took a math course!), and while no one can fully replace Martin Gardner, she’s certainly stepped into some of the gap he left.

  • Suetonius

    I’d urge Ms Wind to moderate her hopes of a future with Mr Ug. His orientation is rather questionable.

  • Matthew

    Very nice. This mathemusician (I think that is spelled right.) has me doodling all the time. I have been looking at integral signs (not just single ones) for years and never thought they looked like rope.

  • bob

    Martin Gardner never took a college math course either.
    He’d have greatly enjoyed her work, I’m sure.


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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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