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  1. #1 Perpendicular Universes (not the usual kind) 
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    Going through Google results gave me an idea of the current "perpendicular universe" theory - any universe, parallel or otherwise, which interacts with another.

    Being 15, I'm no expert in the field, and I get the idea that string theory (and who knows what else) may present a problem with this, but here goes anyway:

    I'll use "flatlands" for the explanation - if you haven't read the book imagine a 2 dimensional universe, maybe a piece of paper with stick figures living in it. It has no thickness, so we couln't see it if it existed, but imagine it with thickness so you can see it. Now, because time is a dimension, imagine a flatland moving along an axis perpendicular to its plane - this is time, through which the flatland is moving. The picture should look like a 3D graph with a plane on the X-Y axis. Then take another flatland, also with a time axis, and set it perpendicular to the first. These two universes are at right angles to each other. They share one dimension of space, so where they intersect there is a true line (1 dimensional), and that has no effect on the planes because with no thickness in one direction it technically does not exist for them, as a flatland does not for us. They are in the same spacetime, but have no effect on each other. This can be brought up a dimension to a universe with 3 dimensions of space and 1 of time, like our own.

    So, my questions: Is this plausible? Has it been though about before? If it is possible, how might you get into a perpendicular universe?

    If you can think circles around me, which many people here probably can, I'm sorry for the layperson-oriented explanation. If the whole thing is completely impossible to understand due to my bad explanation, I'm sorry for that too.

    Thanks in advance for the help!!


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    Umm, you should read some of my posts on time. Pretty much all of us agree that time and space (the physical matter) are directly proportional. You can't have time without matter and or energy and then some say you can't have matter or energy without the passage of time. Both are correct as they mean the same thing.

    So that being said time can't really be a separate dimension in and of itself. It needs matter in order to exist. Zero movement (sub atomic) zero time.

    I'm all for the multiple universe idea, just not sure about this one. Let's see what others have to say.

    Hollywood has really warped what many people think of as time. I'm not sure Einstein has helped either, more because of misunderstanding of his views then directly incorrect information. Time slowing down, time reversing, etc. It's great fantasy.


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    i tried thinking of this in terms of our 3 dimensional, spatial, universe.
    using the idea of the universe as a membrane.

    i don't think it could work for universes with more than two dimensions.
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    Thanks for the help!

    You're right, this would probably be possible in Sci-Fi and nothing more, but It'll probably end up there thanks to the people at NaNoWriMo, in which I'll be participating for the second time this year. If you're interested in seeing the ideas the people there had on this topic you can take a look at the forum thread there, although that is more oriented toward it's uses in a Sci-Fi Novel.

    Thanks again!!

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