This Genius Made a Möbius Strip Out of a Bagel

Staff Writer
Mathematician George Hart teaches us how to cut a bagel into never-ending interlocking loops known as a Möbius strip
George Hart

Impressive yes, but can you attempt Hart’s mathematic feat without slicing off a finger or two?

What’s cooler than a Möbius strip? How about a Möbius strip you can actually eat? Mathematician George Hart has significantly improved the appearance of the humble bagel by demonstrating how to cut one into a Möbius strip. In case you need a high school math refresher, a Möbius strip is a two-dimensional figure with only one surface or edge.

On his website, George Hart instructs us with a carefully-Sharpied diagram, how to cut a bagel into two interlocking, endless loops, much like the famous mathematical anomaly. He calls it the “Mathematically Correct Breakfast.”

"It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. In additional to the intellectual stimulation, you get more cream cheese, because there is slightly more surface area,” says Hart.

Hart also says that he’s working on creating “Möbius lox.” Who said mathematicians don’t know how to have fun?

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi

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