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möbius August Möbius

August Möbius

In 1858, German mathematician August Möbius gave a strip of paper a half twist and joined the ends to create an elegant loop — a mysterious, continuous surface. Solid waste isn’t a stream that starts in one place and ends in another. It’s a loop of valuable resources. The Möbius Loop, like Penn State’s waste system, has no beginning and no end. Find out more about Möbius, his loop and how it all became associated with recycling here.

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