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Ten Dimensions? Time Is A Dimension??? Say It Ain't So!

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on December 11, 2001 03:10:59 UTC

Hello everyone,

The link below is of a lecture in which Stephen Hawking discusses the warping of space and time. Oh, how I long for a learned physicist to visit this forum, to better explain the details behind these cutting-edge insights...

"According to string theory, which is our best hope of uniting General Relativity and Quantum Theory, into a Theory of Everything, space-time ought to have ten dimensions, not just the four that we experience. The idea is that six of these ten dimensions are curled up into a space so small, that we don't notice them. On the other hand, the remaining four directions are fairly flat, and are what we call space-time."

It's interesting that Hawking, clearly more successful and intelligent than any physicist we're likely to meet on this message board, says, "the remaining four directions are fairly flat, and are what we call space-time" (emphasis mine). That is, Hawking obviously defines time as a dimension.

Yes, friends, it seems that, despite what some would have you believe, the truly gifted physicists recognize time as a dimension!

Go figure.


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