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Day #19:: In or Out of a Little Klein Bottle

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Time evolution of a Klein figure in xyzt-space

Q: What do you really understand of it??…

A: The Klein Bottle

In mathematics, the Klein bottle /ˈkln/ is an example of a non-orientable surface; it is a two-dimensional manifold against which a system for determining a normal vector cannot be consistently defined. Informally, it is a one-sided surface which, if traveled upon, could be followed back to the point of origin while flipping the traveler upside down. Other related non-orientable objects include the Möbius strip and the real projective plane. Whereas a Möbius strip is a surface with boundary, a Klein bottle has no boundary (for comparison, a sphere is an orientable surface with no boundary).

The Klein bottle was first described in 1882 by the German mathematician Felix Klein. It may have been originally named the Kleinsche Fläche (“Klein surface”) and then misinterpreted as Kleinsche Flasche (“Klein bottle”), which ultimately may have led to the adoption of this term in the German language as well.[1]

A two-dimensional representation of the Klein bottle immersed in three-dimensional space
Structure of a three-dimensional Klein bottle


The following square is a fundamental polygon of the Klein bottle. The idea is to ‘glue’ together the corresponding coloured edges so that the arrows match, as in the diagrams below. Note that this is an “abstract” gluing in the sense that trying to realize this in three dimensions results in a self-intersecting Klein bottle.

Klein Bottle Folding 1.svg

To construct the Klein Bottle, glue the red arrows of the square together (left and right sides), resulting in a cylinder. To glue the ends of the cylinder together so that the arrows on the circles match, you must pass one end through the side of the cylinder. Note that this creates a circle of self-intersection – this is an immersion of the Klein bottle in three dimensions.

Source: WikipediA

Time evolution of a Klein figure in xyzt-space

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