Date:24 November 2016
Using mathematical concepts like tessellation and Klein bottles, this infinity puzzle has no sides or corners and can be rearranged in thousands of ways.
By Avery Thompson
Jigsaw puzzles are a fun way to pass the time, but they’ve remained relatively unchanged for decades. But Nervous System Studio has come up with something new by designing a brand new type of jigsaw puzzle.
The Infinity Puzzle, as it’s called, uses concepts like tessellation and Klein bottles to create a puzzle with no sides or corners. You can take a piece on the left edge of the puzzle, flip it around, and attach it to the right edge. Take a look:
The Infinity Puzzle can be put together in thousands of different ways, and each one creates a unique picture. Two Infinity Puzzles can even be combined to create a larger version.
The geometric principle of the Infinity Puzzle is the same as a Klein bottle. A Klein bottle is like a three-dimensional Mobius strip, in that it only has one side. Nervous System Studio created their designs on a Klein bottle surface and then turned that surface into a two-dimensional puzzle.
(And in case you were wondering: a tessellation is using geometric shapes to cover an area without overlaps and gaps.)
You can pick up one of the Infinity Puzzles from Nervous System Studio’s store for only $50 (about R700). Or get the special Infinite Galaxy Puzzle, which has a photo of the galactic center taken by Hubble, for $100 (about R1400).
Source and image credit: Nervous System Studio
This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.