Since its discovery in the 19th century, the astonishing one-sided, one-edged Möbius strip has confounded and fascinated generations of people, inspiring stories, magic tricks, patents, artworks, cartoons, playground equipment, and much else. Learn more than you ever thought possible about how a mathematical object conquered the modern world.

Möbius strips have played pivotal roles in a number of short stories. The following stories appear in Fantasia Mathematica, edited by Clifton Fadiman. (New York: Copernicus, 1997): "No-Sided Professor" by Martin Gardner. "A. Botts and the Moebius Strip" by William Hazlett Upson. "A Subway Named Moebius" by A. J. Deutsch. The following story appears in The Mathematical Magpie, edited by Clifton Fadiman. (New York: Copernicus, 1997): "Paul Bunyan versus the Conveyor Belt" by William Hazlett Upson.