Hello my name is August Ferdinand Möbius. I was born November 17, 1790 in Schulpforta, Saxony (now known as Germany) when George Washington was serving his first presidential term. I have loved solving math problems alone since I was a kid.
I was a lonely child. I was home schooled until I was 13. By the age of 13 I was showing interest in mathematics. I studied brilliant mathematicians at Göttingen University.
I became a leader early in my life as a leipzig of Germany. I was a professor of astronomy at the University of Leipzig in the mid-1800s. I was a pioneer of topology.
In the year of 1858 I found if you put the ends of a strip of paper together you get a belt with two sides. I also found that if you twist a strip of paper, and then tape it together, you get what is named after me, a Mobius strip. A Mobius strip has one side.
I wrote about the Möbius strip as being an amusing game. This came in handy for making a conveyer belt because it wore out more evenly than a belt with an inside.
Click here to learn how to make a Mobius strip