Talk:Möbius strip

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Spellings of or variants of Möbius strip[edit]

<Jun-Dai 17:43, 2 May 2005 (UTC)> has Möbius strip (American Heritage) and Mobius strip (Wordnet). Google (filtered on English only) has:

  • Möbius strip: 11.1k
  • Moebius strip: 22.6k
  • Mobius strip: 61.9k
  • Möbius band: 652
  • Moebius band: 635
  • Mobius band: 17.1k

A good number of these appear to be overlapping results, with single pages have two or all three of these spellings. Google is not a great means of ascertaining actual usage, but I'd say that "Mobius" is probably the dominant spelling, and that Möbius band and Moebius band are almost non-existent. Anyone have any math-lingo dictionaries? </Jun-Dai>

August F. Möbius[edit]

They are eponymous to August F. Möbius (with the ö) so I think that is the best form to use. Also, Webster's doesn't even list the 'Mobius' variant, that may have been an effort by to make itself more searchable, but not sound either in my opinion. - TheDaveRoss 18:46, 2 May 2005 (UTC)

<Jun-Dai 19:18, 2 May 2005 (UTC)> I recognize that that is so (I should have mentioned as much in my previous post), but this is more a question of how prescriptive we want to be. At the very least, it is proper for us to have Mobius strip in the "alternate spellings" section. </Jun-Dai>
For what it's worth, I always knew of it as a Mobius band (in speech). Upon finding it written, it was Moebius band. Strip seems funny to me, but it is quite clearly the more common. --Wytukaze 20:59, 2 May 2005 (UTC)
On another note, what the hell is going on with the linking in the definition? It seems far too heavy for me. [[one-sided]] [[surface]], fine. But [[twisting]]? [[Connecting]]? [[Ends]]?! It all seems a bit excessive. --Wytukaze 21:06, 2 May 2005 (UTC)
<Jun-Dai 21:28, 2 May 2005 (UTC)> I'm not sure I agree (I think I do), but in fixing it, I noticed that the prior definition was really two definitions. </Jun-Dai>