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Posted by Andy on January 20, 1998 19:23:19 UTC
: : : : : : : : : The real fourth dimension is TIME. There are a number of other theoretical dimensions in quantum mechanicvs, but I sopmehow don't think that these are the ones to which you refer (nor am I at all certain that they have numbers assigned...).
: : : : : : : Time is nothing more than a tool used in measuring the rate at which the universe moves....ie moles,lbs, and g. Nothing more than a measuring cup, not a demension.
: : : : : : Chris, you should check on that. Remember, dimensions do not necessarily have to be spatial, they can also be temporal. Time is definitely a dimension -- which one it is may be up for debate, but it is a dimension nonetheless.
: : : : : I have a few questions for anyone who cares to answer:
: : : : : 1. Why do you think that time is anything more than a concept?
: : : : : 2. What exactly is the definition of a dimension (a good explanation)?
: : : : : 3. Why do people think that there are "dimensions" anyway?
: : : : i love your questions and i want to know too : : : : so that way we can be on the same foot for a definition!!
: : : Thanks, I think that a lot of the misunderstandings and disagreements that occur, happen because there are so many different definitions for things which can really lead to confusion.
: : I believe one can consider the notion of dimension in the mathematical sense:
: : An independent variable that cannot be broken down into smaller, independent variables.
Or in the sense of geometry each variable represents an axis, for example a point in 1-space is represented by the variable x (with no other variables to be dependent on) and so on to a "volume" in 4-space with four independent variables or axes, which are perpendicular to eachother
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