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Space-Time Explained With A Music Box And Möbius Strip

“Mathemusician”  Vi Hart uses a music box and a Möbius strip to explain space-time. Reminiscent of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid but the paper, scissors and tunefulness make it easier to follow.

Hat tip Brain PickingsFastCoDesign and my dad.

By Daedalus Howell

I explore the creative life as a storyteller, artist, and entrepreneur. I’m the writer-director of Pill Head and the forthcoming feature film Wolf Story. I’m also the author, most recently, of the novel Quantum Deadline, and am active in media (Bohemian, Pacific Sun). Learn how I went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

One reply on “Space-Time Explained With A Music Box And Möbius Strip”

Clearly, every cut-and-paste notation set will produce only one aural outcome. How would you demonstrate that this limitation holds the other way, temporally (i.e., that the relationship is symmetric, oscillating between termini guaranteed not to vary no matter which direction they’re approached from)?

Put another way: can you confidently deduce from the finished aural product exactly what notational cutting and pasting had been done to achieve it, and what the original melody was? Or is the final product compatible with more than one cut-and-paste history (i.e., could it have a different notational origin)?

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