Monday, July 21, 2008

4th Dimension

I've always been somehow aware of the existence of the 4th Dimension, as a kid (under 10 years old) I would loose a quarter in one room and then find a quarter another room, I assumed that the quarter rolled through an opening in the 4th Dimension to it's new location. If it could do that it wouldn't have to travel far, since the 4th Dimension could easily allow the quarter to pass through walls, well technically the quarter wouldn't pass through the wall, it would just go around the wall via a opening that doesn't exist in the 3 dimensions we see and experience on a daily basis. As a kid I didn't think of this that much, I just figured that this was possible and it also explained where all my extra socks were (of course I've never been able to find those).

As you read on, you'll possibly think that I've been smoking something good or drinking way too much. Well the scary fact is that I've never done drugs and my thoughts are still weird (many of my friends believe that if I did drugs or drank I'd be normal, and that's not something I'm willing to play with).


As a young college student interested in Mathematics, my oldest brother, who I call Marcos, but others call Jim (I kind of wonder if he has two personalities to go with his two names), gave me a book called "Flatland". Flatland is an interesting book (though very sexist, I'll get to that later, but if you read it, be prepared to put your distaste to sexist talk on the side).

The book is about a square who lives in a flatland (2-space), as a square he is considered part of the working class. In this world as you get brighter and more evolved you get more sides, so a circle (which can be though of as a polygon with infinite sides) is considered the highest form you can achieve, while a triangle (a woman) is the lowest (down, it's a good book to show the 4th Dimension exists, it proves it via mathematical induction). In this book the citizens of 2-space are aware of 0-space (which is a point) and 1-space (line). When the square interacts with someone in 0-space, that point doesn't see anyone, but can hear the conversation. When he passes through 1-space, the point in a line all of a sudden sees a new point in front of him, he's confused by this, since he's only known 1-space. To both 0-space and 1-space the interference of a citizen from 2-space was like a ghost.

One day the square from 2-space is visited by a sphere from 3-space (which has been observing 2-space). This sphere can see inside the walls of the square's house, tell what's in the cabinets or any safes that the square has, this is because what is solid to the square isn't solid to the sphere (look at the blueprint of a house, imagine if you were living in 2-space, all those walls would be real, but as a citizen of 3-space you can see into those walls). The sphere has to prove his existence to the square, but by appearing and disappearing, he manages to convince the square that 3-space exists.

When the square brought this meeting up to the circles in his world, he was labeled as a heretic (oh I forgot to mention, circles were also religious leaders) and locked up (boy doesn't that sound familiar, religious leaders locking up philosophers and scientists). Despite the circles objections the square not only believed in 3-space, but was able, through pure faith in 3-space, be able to experience 3-space. Now when he brought up the idea of 4-space to the sphere, he was told that such talk was that of a heretic.

I don't do it justice, get the book and read it (it's only 100 pages), I believe someone made it into a movie.

Real Life

OK, how does this relate to real life? Well I can't prove that the 4th Dimension exists as a spacial dimension (people tend to talk about time as THE 4th Dimension, but time is just A dimension). It would be helpful if it could be shown and exploited. It could make it very easy to move around, nothing "magical" would happen, but you might be able to make shortcuts when going outside or into the kitchen (maybe Merlin or Houdini understood the use of the 4th Dimension).

It could explain the existence of ghosts, which I don't see as being supernatural beings, I see them as 4th Dimensional beings that happen to be passing through our 3-Dimensional plane, they appear to be passing through walls (they are going around them in 4-space) and we can see through them (because we are only seeing a cross-section of them in 3-space, in 4-space they are quite solid).

I'm sure right beside every clothes drier in the world there is a collection of socks and left handed gloves (I always loose the left hand), they are sitting there, but we can't get them. Hide and seek would also be cool in 4-space (well assuming you had access to it and others didn't). In my house I've found a portal for the 4th Dimension, it's under my recliner. I'll have my army knife, alarm fob or something else in my pocket, I'll loose the knife, look all over the house to find it and then finally go and look under my chair, and there is the item I lost. My wife says that the knife is slipping out of my pocket, down through the chair and onto the floor, but I think that the knife falls off my bedside table, through two floors and ends up under my chair (OK she might be right with this one, but I still like my idea better).

It would be great for spies, thieves or anyone else wanting to look or be where they shouldn't. Hmm, I wonder if Homeland Security knows about this, I'd tell them, but they'd probably say that my talk was crazy and that of a heretic.

1 comment:

Dougal Benet said...

Dear students of the 4th Dimension,

Please find a link to a book published 08. 08. 08. which I believe will be of great interest and importance to you all.

The Tome of Seus contains several allegorical threads, one of which pertains to scientific matters. The book gradually reveals the fourth dimension of space to be the scale or radius of the expanding universe, thereby presenting the fourth dimension as being no more complex in nature than the three dimensions that we are already familiar with.

In a nutshell: to specify a point in space from here on Earth, the coordinates x, y and z (relating to 3D space) must be quoted. For an observer standing outside of our expanding universe, the additional dimensions of r and t must be considered, where r is the radius of the universe at t, the time that the point is determined.

In the course of writing his book: Relativity, The Special and General Theory, Einstein considered the concept of an expanding universe, as hypothesised by the Russian mathematician Friedman and supported by the research of the astronomer Hubble. However, Einstein went on to dismiss the theory because, based on a single measurement made by Hubble, he calculated that the ‘Big Bang’ occurred only 109 years ago, which is far too short a time. What Einstein failed to consider was the simple possibility that the rate of expansion might not be constant. Had he used two measurements, separated by a gap of several years, he would have arrived at an entirely different conclusion.

You may be interested to read that the author of The Tome of Seus has encoded many other messages within the text, not least of which explains mysteries surrounding the life of Jesus and the true whereabouts of the Isle of Afalon and the Holy Grail.

I do hope you will find the time to read this manuscript, enjoy deciphering the allegories and consider placing this book as a download on your website, thereby playing your most important of parts in the proposals for our future that Tome of Seus presents.

With heartfelt regards,

Dougal Benet on behalf of the author

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