Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration.

Klein Bottle Opener
What is the central problem of beer? That it is contained in a bottle, which is to say a boundaryless compact 2-manifold homeomorphic to the sphere. Since beer bottles are not (usually) pathological or "wild" spheres, but rather smooth manifolds, they separate all of 3-space into two unconnected regions, viz. the region inside the bottle, containing beer, and the region outside the bottle, containing you.

What is to be done? Clearly, the elegant solution is to introduce a non-orientable manifold without distinct sides; indeed with only a single side. The Klein bottle pictured is an example of this class. When brought into proximity with the closed manifold described above, it acts at once to disrupt the closure of the bottle, obviating the outdated, dualistic paradigm of distinction between interior and exterior, thus enabling interaction between the beer and the self.

Other people have designed a usable Klein Stein, but Bathsheba's creations are a little bit special, not least because of her own fantastic descriptions of them. An artist who taught herself to use CAD to design her mathematical sculptures, she is also possessed of a certain dry wit. Perhaps it was the ten years she spent years working odd jobs, including programming, to pay the bills whilst she both learnt the tools of her trade and waited for them technology to catch up with her ideas. I hope someday my scientific abilities will be united with my embryonic artistic ones as the Klein bottle might facilitate my union with my beer.

Bathsheba does most of her work in subsurface laser damage in glass. I want the geodynamo and a Buckyball keychain. What would you pick?
Tags: art, science
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