Sculptor Alan Bennett created this compounded Klein bottle for the Science Museum in London –

This is one of a series of glass Klein bottles made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom for the Science Museum, London. It consists of three Klein bottles, one inside another. A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot properly be constructed in three dimensions. In the series Alan Bennett made Klein bottles analogous to Mobius strips with odd numbers of twists greater than one.

Klein bottle, 1995-1996 [via Neatorama]

  • Simon

    Ha! Makes me think of Futurama.

  • St.Eligius

    You too. I was just thinking how to get three bottles of beer in that thing.

  • St.Eligius

    And then how to get three bottles out!

  • The Oracle

    Just for anyone who doesn’t know, this is just a 3D approximation of a klein bottle which is a theoritical shape that would actually need 4 dimensions to build.

    In this model, the point at which the neck passes through the wall of the bottle is a self-intersection which means it’s not a true Klein bottle.

    It’s still a pretty object that does a good job of getting the point across.


  • hojo

    ok, ok, but where’s the bowl? :-)