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Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (August 18, 2014)
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Rucker supplied quotes and paragraphs from a who's who of genius', from Gauss to Kant to Godel, to... well, trust me, Rucker has read everyone!
The famous sceptic, Martin Gardner, has written a good introduction. He isn't as dismissive as the next generation of sceptics will go on the be. Martin Gardner is very honest in saying that all this may well be true, but he's made the decision not to believe. This open mindedness seems to have vanished from the sceptics community.
As an aside, Peter Watson published a painfully long guide titled, 'German Genius'. Nicely Rucker lists all the genius' and they are mostly Germans, and, curiously, Russian's are a near second.
Another surprising nugget is the German thinker, G. W. Hegel being Rudy Rucker's great great great grandfather., I think this is, oftentimes, one of the better books I've continue reading the fourth dimension. For those saying "but the next dimension is time", all I have to say is, no, not in this case. We're discussing four space dimensions, which we can only really represent with math concepts in our three dimensional world. Naturally this is written by a mathematician and he did a massive exquisite job at describing the nature of this utterly foreign dimension.
Right now readers won't walk away being able to picture four dimensional beings or structures, but one will be able to grasp a fairly general understanding of what it would be like for a four dimensional being or item to exist and interact with our dimension. Obviously Rucker does this by explaining the relations between the dimensions by transforming our perspective and having us think two dimensionally. For this he depends heavily on a guide written by Edwin Abbott called "Flatland". I highly recommend you read "Flatland" before you attempt to tackle Rucker's book, as he constantly quotes "Flatland", almost to his publications detriment. He also quotes other texts like "Spaceland" (which Rucker also wrote) or "Flatterland" here and there, but the one he relies on most is "Flatland". "Flatland" is a natural and easy introduction to learning how to think from the perspective of a different sizing and helps the viewer to completely grasp Rucker's analogy as he projects the connection from the other and 3rd dimensions to a connection between the 3rd and the fourth dimension. Obviously he points out that some of these points are mere conjecture as we are not able to observe fourth dimensional things in our reality... yet. "The 4th Dimension" is also illustrated with all sorts of silly cartoons to have the guide a much lighter feel to its fairly heavy topic. The illustrations will certainly help anyone who really must see a sketching of some of the principles Rucker talks about.
I was initially introduced to some of these concepts via Michio Kaku's book "Hyperspace". While he did a pretty good job explaining four space dimensions, I do believe this guide really delves into it a lot deeper. You moves away with a far fuller understanding of the principles concerning this different sizing. Not only will you learn about this, Rucker also goes through a very interesting history concerning humanity's fascination with things past our own dimension. He goes into metaphysics and details for ghosts as well as recounting the statistical history (which is the real mainstay of this book). The spiritual aspects of this book are more anecdotal to help give the reader some historical or philosophical perspective in lieu of the mathematics.
If you're really curious about the chance of other spatial measurements then this book is a great read. The physics and universe research may be a little outdated by this point because the guide initially came out in the 1980's, but it's application in helping a person think of how the fourth dimensional being would react is still appropriate. While I'm confident it's agreed that there are more than three space dimensions in existence, this book still treats that aspect as if there's still a major debate happening about it. Right after finding absolute proof of Black Holes in the universe, I think the multi-dimensional universe (or multiverse) concept is pretty practical, since if the Black Hole singularity transcends our space and time... it has to go anywhere! Anyway, don't forget to read "Flatland" before you pick this up and I think people will find this a fun and informative read., In 'The 4th Dimension', Rudy Rucker takes a concept that could potentially be made frightfully specialized and - through the use of snippets of fiction, humorous drawings (I believe the illustrator also did drawings for many of James Thurber's works), and down-to-earth language - makes it accessible to anyone. I've handed my copy to people who absolutely hated math, and they have been able to come away with at the very least a basic understanding. Since someone who adores math, I found the analogie entertaining without being 'dumbed down'., This book presents the material in a well-organized manner.
The author is an excellent theoretical physicist and explains the concepts wonderfully.
I recommend this guide for just about any and all who wish to understand the essence of time, actuality, and the universe in general.
Coming from a very personal stage, the book affirms a lot of my own views relating to the cosmos and consciousness. There is indeed a Primary Mover (aka " God" ), and he exists and operates in infinite (! ) dimensions., Nothing much to add. Just a great interesting read that's guaranteed concise. I actually will check out some of the writer's other books as well., I actually bought this book about ten years ago, and recently rediscovered it. It is full of nice (though very simplistic) illustrations and plenty of references to other books and writers that touch the subject. Not very profound, but enough to tickle the mind and awaken interest for futher investigation into this realm. Rucker has obviously read a lot on this issue and he has made me want the same.
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