Posts Tagged ‘chemical term’

Valentine chemistry

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The Möbius band is an experimental delight. In its original forms, it came flat-packed as below. The one shown on the left is related to the international symbol for recycling (if we denote the number of half twists imparted as m, this one has m=3). The middle one (m=4) shows a 4-twisted variant, and the one on the right has a 5-twist (m=5). These all come from Möbius’ original sketches, found amongst his belongings when he died. In this post they will form the basis for some experiments in molecular chirality.