AN INTERPRETATION OF THE FOURTH DIMENSION

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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Let us start out with single units of measurement such as 1^1 which is a straight line of one unit length, 1^2 which is a measurement of area or one square unit and 1^3 which is a measurement of volume or one cube. When we come to 1^4 then, we cannot comprehend what type of space that would pertain to.

Time is presently looked upon as the fourth dimension but it is a measure of motion, not space.

Now if we think in measurements of two units, such as 2^1 , 2^2 , 2^3 and 2^4 , then it provides us with a little more insight into the meaning of the fourth dimension. 2^1 is a line two units long, 2^2 is a square of four units, 2^3 is a cube of eight units. When we come to 2^4 , that gives us 16 units of what? If we adhere to cubic units (space), we can maintain some symmetry of our building pattern by dividing the 16 cubic unit cube into two eight unit cubes to keep the pattern going. What, does this signify? What we are doing here then is dividing which is analogous to the biological world of cell division. We have moved into the living or biological realm. Any additional dimensions such as 2^5 and etc would then simply signify further division and multiplication representing cell growth.

2^4 can also be interpreted in a slightly different manner. The additional 8 unit cube can be divided into 8 individual units and placed at the corners of the first 8 unit cube. This would be symmetrical and balanced. What does this signify? Its significance is analogous to a plant or plant growth. The top cubes acting as branches and the bottom cubes acting as the roots. 2^5 and etc would again represent additional growth or extension of the branches and roots by placing them as additional cubes at each corner at the ends of the other 8 unit cube. Here again we represent symmetry and 2^4 could represent the biological realm of plants by symbolizing plant life and growth.

If we move into 3 unit dimensions such as 3^1 , 3^2 , 3^3 and 3^4 , we lose our symmetrical or uniform pattern. 3^1 is a 3 unit line, 3^2 is a 9 unit square and 3^3 is a 27 unit cube. 3^4 could then represent 3 - 27 unit cubes. Do cells divide into 3 units?

And the plant form? If we divide the other cubes into individual units and put them at the corners of the first 27 unit cube, which has only 8 corners, we have lost our symmetry by having some extra units left over creating an imbalance.

The two unit symmetry mentioned previously seems to be reflective in other aspects of nature as well. Examples are:

In matter, the electron and proton are the only basic particles of matter that are stable and can exist in isolation. However, in isolation, they would rapidly disperse and constitute nothing of value.

Electro-magnetic force is also dual in character. It has the electric and magnetic components and it is the only force we have a thorough understanding of.

Mathematics has its duality with positive and negative numbers and although the negative numbers are incomprehensible, they do play a small roll in some formulas of mathematics.

Life as we know it also has its duality being composed of animal and plant forms and they both complement each other.

We have the physical and spiritual worlds which is another example of duality. The spiritual world could be analogous to the negative numbers because of their difficulty for comprehension.

Then there is the reproduction of life. This also is a two unit world since it requires a male and a female to carry on the process. Either one alone can not carry on this function although the females can reproduce themselves in very rare situations.

There are probably several other examples that may exist