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26 November 2006 @ 12:02 am
I finished reading Flatland by Edwin A. Abbot this weekend. It was really interesting! Um...yeah, I'm a geek. XD;; It's a story about a world with only two dimensions, hence the name. And...well, it really makes you think about how your perspective changes the way you see things. The two-dimensional characters couldn't imagine a third dimension--so there could be a fourth dimension out there that we just can't imagine! Just like we used to think the Earth was the center of the universe, we think that our dimension is the "real" one.

Oh, and people in the fourth dimension can see inside us. X3
Current Mood: contemplativeintrigued
Current Music: Yasashii Gogo
ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on November 26th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
But isn't the fourth dimension time? And the fourth-dimension version of a cube is a tesseract? Or am I incorrect?
Syomimashou on November 26th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
In this sense, no, the fourth dimension isn't time, because I'm talking about the fourth spacial dimension. And...I'm sorry, I have no idea what a tesseract is, so I can't tell you if that's what I'm talking about. In Flatland, they just called it an "extra-cube", but the book was written in the 1800s. *goes to look it up*
ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on November 26th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
You're reading. A math book. From the 1800s.

I don't know you. XD;
Syomimashou on November 26th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's not a math book, it's a novel. A novel about geometry, but still... XD;
Syomimashou on November 26th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I just looked tesseract up on wiki, and you're exactly right about that. It even says that's what the narrator imagines in Flatland, but the word wasn't coined until a few years later.
ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on November 26th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
I see. They talk about tesseracts in A Wrinkle In Time, which is where I learned it. Did you ever read that book? Because that's where I got a lot of my base knowledge on the 4th dimension. XP;
Syomimashou on November 26th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
I read it once, but it was a long time ago and it confused me...maybe I should read it again XD;