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Clifford A. Pickover's Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes PDF

By Clifford A. Pickover

ISBN-10: 0195142411

ISBN-13: 9780195142419

Perform a little armchair time-travel, rub elbows with a 4-dimensional clever existence shape, or stretch your brain to the furthest nook of an uncharted universe. With this wonderful guidebook, Surfing via Hyperspace, you needn't be a mathematician or an astrophysicist to discover the all-but-unfathomable recommendations of hyperspace and higher-dimensional geometry.
No topic in arithmetic has intrigued either childrens and adults up to the belief of a fourth measurement. Philosophers and parapsychologists have reflected in this mysterious area that nobody can aspect to yet can be throughout us. but this additional size has a truly genuine, sensible worth to mathematicians and physicists who use it on a daily basis of their calculations. within the culture of Flatland, and with an infectious enthusiasm, Clifford Pickover tackles the issues inherent in our 3D brains attempting to visualize a 4-D international, muses at the spiritual implications of the lifestyles of higher-dimensional cognizance, and urges all curious readers to enterprise into "the unexplored territory mendacity past the criminal of the obvious." Pickover alternates sections that designate the technological know-how of hyperspace with sections that dramatize mind-expanding ideas via a fictional discussion among futuristic FBI brokers who dabble within the fourth size as an issue of nationwide safeguard. This hugely available and unique process turns an intimidating topic right into a medical online game open to all dreamers.

Surfing via Hyperspace concludes with a few puzzles, machine experiments and formulation for additional exploration, inviting readers to increase their minds throughout this inexhaustibly fascinating medical terrain.

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My favorite science-fiction story is Robert Heinlein’s “—And He Built a Crooked House,” first published in 1940. It tells the tale of a California architect who constructs a four-dimensional house. He explains that a four-dimensional house would have certain advantages: I’m thinking about a fourth spatial dimension, like length, breadth, and thickness. For economy of materials and convenience of arrangement you couldn’t beat it. To say nothing of ground space—you could put an eight-room house on the land now occupied by a one-room house.

She whispers. With her free hand she snaps a few photographs of the being using a miniature camera concealed in the jacket of her prim and proper suit. ” A 4-D being appears before you and Sally in Cherbourg, France. Although the being seems to consist of separate pieces, the various components are connected in the fourth dimension and constitute a single creature. In front of you is a fleshy ball, the size of a large pumpkin. It bounces up and down off the ground to a height of about four feet and looks just like human skin: mostly smooth, fleshy, with an occasional wrinkle and vein.

To two-dimensional beings confined to the piece of paper, this action would appear miraculous as the dirt disappeared in front of their eyes. The hyperbeing can also see inside any three-dimensional object or life-form, and, if necessary, remove anything from inside. As we will see later, the being can look into our intestines, examine our nervous system, or remove a tumor from our brain without ever cutting through the skin. A pair of gloves can be easily transformed into two left or two right gloves, and three-dimensional knots fall apart in the hands of a hyperbeing who can lift a piece of the knot up into the fourth dimension.

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