Bicycle Tubes Inside Out

  • Herbert Taylor


The old rubber sheet geometry discussed surfaces which could be bent, stretched, or twisted, while they were kept smooth and whole. One popular topological pastime is to try to visualize what a bicycle tube would look like turned inside out. As far as I know, these curiosities have no serious implications for mathematics, but they can be used to cultivate flexibility in visual thinking.


Small Hole Simple Picture Rubber Sheet Complicated Surface Light Exercise 
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© Wadsworth International 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert Taylor
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  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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