The Möbius strip — sometimes called the Möbius band — is named after mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius, who came up with the idea in September 1858. Curiously, German mathematician Johann Benedict Listing independently developed the same idea a few months earlier in July 1858. Unfortunately for Listing, one of the most famous surfaces in mathematics bears the name of Möbius, not Listing.
So what’s the big deal with the Möbius strip? It’s quite simple, actually. The Möbius strip is famous because it has only one side and one edge.
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