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    AND WE’RE FUNNY, TOO An astrophysicist and a glass-blower have teamed up to make “impossible” Klein bottles:

    In 1992, while working as a researcher in telescope design at the University of California, Berkeley, Stoll persuaded a glass-blower friend to stretch the neck of a bottle through its side, and then to join the neck to a hole in the bottle’s base. The resulting oddity, the author of ”Silicon Snake Oil” said, was, if not a true Klein bottle, at least an image of a Klein bottle ”transferred into three dimensions…”

    Stoll has sold nearly a thousand bottles, which start at $30. Why hasn’t he sold more? ”Not many people seem to need boundary-free, nonorientable surfaces right now,” he admits. ”But still, I’ve earned more money than Enron, right?”

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