2012-01-05 / Musings


“A mathematician named Klein
Thought the Moebius band was
Said he: ‘If you glue
The edges of two,
You’ll get a weird bottle like mine.’”
— Anonymous limerick

“Need a zero-volume bottle? Searching for a one-sided surface? Want the
ultimate in non-orientability? Get an
ACME Klein bottle!”

“One of the many interesting and surprising experiences of the beginner in
child analysis is to find in even very young
children a capacity for insight which is
often far greater than that of an adult.”
— Melanie Klein

“Child Roland to the dark tower came.
His word was still ‘Fie, foh, and fum: I
smell the blood of a British man.’”
— William Shakespeare, “King Lear,” Act 3, Scene 4, Edgar pretending to be a mad man

“Yet half I seemed to recognize some
trick of mischief...in a bad dream perhaps... When, in the very nick...came a
click... — You’re inside...”

— Robert Browning, “Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came,” Section XXIX

“A person’s never too oldd for stories....
and boy, girl and woman,man, we live
for them.”
— Roland speaks for Stephen tephen King in “The Wind through the Keyhole: eyhole: A Dark Tower Novel,” coming g in April 2012

Heading out, into the woods,oods, one
long leather strap looping over my
child back. And wrapped inn it I am, this
nexus, that functioning quaa both mang manacle and fetter. But nothing hanging on
it at all. A virtual Klein bottlettle canteen.
The ultimate in self contained.

Liking changed to travellingling light.

And as I walk I sing versee to my selves, and my selves answer,wer, clear and pure and colorless childld soprano, composing antiphon in Gregorianegorian plain chant, to be sung as Salve Regina:

Salve Dear Roland, drumum and keyon keyboard, hard roe, return on equity:
Salve Dear Roland,d, wind
through the keyhole,
Reclined, inclined, telling
bed time tales.
Maybe it’s crazy,
but who can be sure?

And as the tune softens, there is realization: A Moebius strip can be either right- or left-handed, dependent upon

the orientation of the half twist. And the objection made when sewing them together would create single sided bottle with no boundary. Its inside is its outside. It contains itself. A symbol slid around on its surface would reappear backward at the start. Who could make up stuff like this?

In 1882, Felix Klein was so inclined.

Does anyone remember that what is sold as a Klein bottle is like a 3D photo of what can maybe in 4D?

Like a 2D photo shows a 3D object? Don’t object. Felix culpa. Just kidding around, again and again, boundary free, one sided, not holding

that rider drop of water or this wind. Just letting go. On the loose, inside mother’s silly goose, loving it all, generously giving a good immeasurable, pressed down, shaken together, running over. Ah, darkly sweet... Let’s meet at the tower at nine. ¦

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