Aug 17, 1996 03:46 PM
by Jerry Schueler
>Everyone who talks about higher dimensions should define in a clear
>manner what s/he is talking about. No further spatio-temporal dimensions
>are known at this time.
Not quite true. The theory of superstrings requires at least 10
dimensions to explain it. The theory has it that after the Big Bang
4 dimensions (3 of space, and one of time) expanded outwardly
while 6 dimensions compressed inwardly. They were "rolled up"
within themselves. As the 4-dimensional external universe is
expanding, so the 6-dimensional internal world is compressing
or shrinking. Of course this is only a mathematical theory at
present, but theoretical scientists are much at home with
multi-dimensions. Although multi-dimensions are possible (and
sometimes required) in mathematics, there are no real known
physical correspondences to them. The 4 dimensions of
spacetime relate only to the physical plane. Perhaps the other
dimensions relate to other planes?
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