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Posted by Paul R. Martin on December 17, 2001 06:44:08 UTC

Hi Alex,

I described an analogy of a 2D surfboard riding on a 2D manifold in a 3D space. You made no comment about it. Using this analogy, gravitons, photons, protons, etc. are all "surfboards". I.e. they are all 3D structures moving in a 3D manifold in higher dimensional space. The fact that their movement is restricted to the 3D manifold requires that they obey inverse square laws, which they do.

The fact that we don't know of anything which obeys inverse cube laws doesn't mean they don't exist. Keep in mind that we still haven't accounted for something like 90% of the mass in the universe. How do we know some of that dark matter or dark energy doesn't obey inverse cube laws?

I am not suggesting this idea as a desperate attempt to find something to prove the existence of higher dimensional space. What I am suggesting is that we should at least investigate the consequences of the idea, and who knows, the results of that (mathematical) investigation might suggest some ways to look for that dark matter. Since we can't rule the possibility of large extra dimensions out, we should at least take a look at the possibility.

BTW, what did you mean by a "signature"?

Warm regards,

Paul

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