Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons Hardcover – 23 Sep 1999
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Clifford Pickover is IBM's Renaissance-guy-in- residence. His job is to play with cool ideas--time travel (Time: A Traveler's Guide), extraterrestrials (The Science of Aliens) and the line between genius and crackpot (Strange Brains and Genius). His latest game is an oldie but goodie: Trying to imagine the fourth dimension.
Like a number of his other books, Surfing is structured as a fiction, in this case an X-Files romance--Pickover clearly has a deep and personal appreciation for Scully (whom he calls "Sally", presumably on advice of counsel). You, dear reader, are the FBI's chief investigator of four-dimensional phenomena. As you and your cohorts chase bizarre manifestations from "upsilon" (4-D up) and "delta" (4-D down), Pickover provides explanations, paradoxes and problems, with many helpful drawings and computer-generated illustrations.
Pickover's book, like every work on higher dimensions, is something of a sequel to Edwin Abbott's classic story, Flatland . Like Abbott,Pickover doesn't just look at the mathematics: "I want to know if humankind's Gods could exist in the fourth dimension." Not for the theologically squeamish, this book is lively, provocative, outrageous and fascinating. --Mary Ellen Curtin, Amazon.com
...within a few months, you too will come across others in the grip of infection by this amazing book. (New Scientist)See all Product Description
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Hyperspace is not excluded by the laws of physics. Can human beings access fourth dimension? Could we learn to see the fourth dimension? Is it true that the evolution of human brain is such that it can understand only three dimensions? Do we need three dimensional retina to see the fourth dimension? Is hyperspace a survival zone for humans in the event of a catastrophe to this planet? Some of the suggestions made in the conclusions are less scientific, but the author touches some interesting topics that include biology of evolution and psychology.Read more ›
In addition the fictional narrative that starts every chapter is somewhat amateurish, and really adds very little to the book - I would rather have read a textbook presented as such than this half-hearted attempt at appealing to the x-files generation.
There's also a rather strange attempt to sell higher dimensions as religious concepts - god as a 4D being, heaven and hell as spaces slightly removed from us in higher dimensions etc. In something that purports to be a textbook I could have done without this. I realise that there has been serious theological and philosophical discussion around these points, but to my mind the author failed to remain unbiased here, which I simply found annoying.
That said, if you really don't know anything about hyperspace or multiple dimensions it's all written in layman's terms and is very easy to understand. In that respect it's probably an excellent place to start, though I imagine that if it catches your interest you'll be wanting to do some wider reading.
One section I did find useful is appendix B - a list of various works of fiction that all contain the context of hyperspace/higher dimensions in some way. While I've already read a lot of the stories listed it did provide me with some useful suggestions that I'll be looking to add to my library.
All in all 2.5 / 5. I've chosen to be generous and round this up to 3 rather than down to 2. Perhaps I should rate it as a quaternion: 2.3 + 3.2i + 1.8j + 2.4k
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I enjoy the scientific explanation of the different type of dimensions and the concept of God in the third dimensional universe.Published 10 months ago by MR C CATAN
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