Sunday, August 28, 2005

Acme Klein Bottle

A Klein bottle is the three dimensional version of the Möbius Loop - a single sided bottle with no boundary. A real Klein bottle exists in four dimensions, but Acme Klein Bottle makes and sells 3D glass approximations. You don't have to understand the math, just that they are interesting to look at.

They also make self-siphoning Mugs of Tantalus, that won't stay filled.

(As an aside, the glassblower behind Acme Klein Bottle is Oakland resident Cliff Stoll, who runs the company from his garage. Cliff's (earlier) claim to fame was the discovery of someone breaking into LBL's computers, which ultimately turned into an international hunt for a cracker trying to steal US military information. The resulting book "The Cuckoo's Egg" is an interesting read, even if you aren't a computer expert. Read an excerpt of the book and a 1990 interview with Stoll for more details.)

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