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How to imagine 10 dimensions

Okay, so, we all know that many of today’s theoretical physicists of “string theory” claim that reality exists in ten dimensions. But who the heck actually claims to be able to visualize this? Half the time it sounds about as ridiculous as the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

So hie the to the web site for Rob Bryanton’s book Imagining the Tenth Dimension, where he has crafted a surprisingly good Flash-based primer on how to wrap your noodle around a ten-dimensional universe. Or would that be universes? Universii? Anyway, check out the animation; it’s good! You probably won’t even need to read the book afterwards —though technically speaking, a differently-dimensioned version of yourself already has.

(Thanks to Fishy for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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