Usually, puzzles have a beginning (the sea of pieces), a middle (the sorting, the filled and gapped sections), and an end (the utterly satisfying snap of the final piece in place). But what if you upended everything? Nervous System has done exactly that with their unique Infinite Galaxy Puzzle. With no fixed shape, no starting point, and no edges, it can be assembled in, well, an infinite number of ways.
Topologically, the Infinite Galaxy Puzzle maps to a Klein bottle, an impossible 3D shape where the inside and outside are mathematically indistinguishable. What this means is that it tiles with a flip. Pieces from the right side attach to the left side but only after flipping over. Just like the Klein bottle’s surface has no inside or outside, the puzzle has no up or down side. You can start the puzzle anywhere on any side, making it extra challenging. This puzzle is adorned with a photograph of the galactic center of the Milky Way. The image is continuous from one side of the surface to the other, so one cannot see the entire photo at once.
- 133 pieces
- Includes 3 special whimsy pieces: astronaut, space shuttle and satellite
- Dimensions: variable, 8 x 8 inches (~20 cm) at smallest configuration
- Materials: laser cut birch plywood
- Comes in an attractive black gift-ready storage box
- Storage box size: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 inches (16.5 x 16.5 x 4.45 cm)
- Milky Way galaxy mage credit: NASA, ESA, SSC, CXC, and STScI
- Made in Somerville, Massachusetts
About Nervous System
Nervous System is a generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. They create using a novel process that employs computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, Nervous System writes computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.