57th Franz Kafka. Germany. Mixmischmasch pb. Fisher Logo. Fourth Dimension. Italy. La Quarta Dimensione hb, pb Adelphi. Rudy Rucker è un matematico e uno scrittore di fantascienza. per l’appunto il concetto di quarta dimensione, partendo dai classici (la teoria della relatività, ma . Mathematician and science-fiction novelist Rudy Rucker takes readers on a guided tour of a higher reality that explores what the fourth dimension is and what it.
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Thanks for telling us about quartaa problem. Return to Book Page. Martin Gardner Foreword by. The Fourth Dimension — it’s a myth, a reality, a dream, an equation, a hypercube, the face of God, the photograph of everything at once The result is a fantastic, enlightening, and mind-expanding reading experience.
In text, pictures, and puzzles, master science and science fiction writer Rudy Rucker immerses his r The Fourth Dimension — it’s a myth, a reality, a dream, an equation, a hypercube, the face of God, the photograph of everything at once In text, pictures, and puzzles, master science and science fiction writer Rudy Rucker immerses his readers in an amazing exploration of a mysterious realm — a realm once seen only by mystics, physicists, and mathematicians.
David Povilaitis’ drawings illustrate Rucker’s heady insights while dozens of puzzles and problems make the book a delight to the eye and mind. Its effects persist beyond its covers. Paperbackpages. Published September 11th by Mariner Books first published Rucer see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about The Fourth Dimensionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. View all 4 comments. I think this is, rkcker possibly, one of the best books I’ve read on the fourth dimension. For those saying “but the fourth dimension is time”, all I have to say is, no, not in this case.
We’re discussing four spatial dimensions, which we can only really represent with mathematics in our three dimensional world. Naturally this is written by a mathematician and he did quite an exquisite job at explaining the ruckeer of this utterly foreign dimension.
Now readers won’t walk away being able to pictur I think this is, quite possibly, one of the best books I’ve read on the fourth dimension. 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 object to exist and interact with our dimension. Naturally Rucker does this by explaining the relations between the dimensions dimensionr changing our perspective and having us think two dimensionally.
For this he relies heavily on a book 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 books detriment.
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He also quotes other texts like “Spaceland” which Rucker also wrote or “Flatterland” here and there, but the one he relies upon most is “Flatland”. Naturally he points out that some of these points are mere conjecture as we cannot observe fourth dimensional objects in our reality The illustrations will certainly help anyone who really needs to see a drawing of some of the concepts Rucker talks about.
I was originally introduced to some of these concepts via Michio Kaku’s book “Hyperspace”. While he did a pretty good job explaining four spatial dimensions, I think this book really delves into it a lot deeper. The reader walks away with a much fuller understanding of the concepts concerning this different dimension.
Not only will you learn about this, Rucker also goes through a very interesting history concerning humanity’s fascination with things beyond our own dimension. He delves into metaphysics and explanations for ghosts as well as recounting the mathematical 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 possibility of other spatial dimensions then this book is a great read. The physics and universe research may be a little outdated by this point since the book originally came out in the ‘s, but it’s application in helping a person think of how the fourth dimensional being would react is still applicable.
While I’m pretty sure it’s agreed that there are more than three spatial dimensions in existence, this book still treats that aspect as if there’s still a major debate going on about it. After finding absolute proof of Black Holes in the universe, I think the multi-dimensional universe or multiverse concept is pretty realistic, since if the Black Hole singularity transcends our space and time Anyway, don’t forget to read “Flatland” before you pick this up and I think people will find this a fun and informative read.
Apr 05, Pvw rated it liked it Shelves: A good follow-up of Edwin Abbott’s classic Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Rudy Ruckers continues the adventures of A Square in a less story-like and more scientific manner.
Almost a century later, Rucker adds new theories and recent insights to the analogy started by Abbott. What I liked a lot and what horrid pseudo philosophical disasters like “What the bleep do we know” don’t know how to is to do away with religion and free will from the very start.
Those two concepts are dear to mos A good follow-up of Edwin Abbott’s classic Flatland: Those two concepts are dear to most humans, but once you start thinking thoroughly about what reality might really be like, they are probably impossible to maintain. Many authors have really mutilated their own theories in a desperate attempt to save religion, free will or, usually, both.
It is like a child wanting to draw a geographically accurate map of the North Pole but stubbornly reserving a location for the home town of Santa. Anyway, Rucker doesn’t waste time on such wishful thinking and just takes the reader along some difficult but terribly interesting concepts. If you are interested in a fascinating tale about how reality might be totally different than how we generally perceive it, be sure to read this well-written introduction that does not require deep mathematical knowledge, although a keen imagination is very welcome!
Jan 16, Randy rated it it was amazing. Don’t let the title fool you. The book is written for tourists, not experts. But in the process, you feel like you become an expert. Easy to read, very engaging and informative. This book really changed my perspective on a lot of things. Perhaps the real me is fourth-dimensional after all, and the entity typing this is just my three-dimensional “shadow”.
Carini i problemi non matematici, non preoccupatevi! Apr 04, Kelly rated it quafta was amazing. I originally read this book in while doing a paper in my high school physics class about time travel. For some reason it just stuck with me and rudu of it would come back to me over the years.
So recently I went online and saw that it was out of print; I ordered a used copy for super cheap. It’s such a fun, easy-to-read book on how to conceptualize other dimensions in space, and also addresses space-time and paradoxes in time travel. The fucker uses multiple illustrations, puzzles with an I originally read this book in while doing a paper in my high school physics class about time travel.
The author uses multiple illustrations, puzzles with answers in the appendixand quotes heavily from Edwin Abbott’s book Flatland. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in something a little different! Jun 27, Jason Meinig rated it it was amazing. Very challenging, yet humorous book pushing into the concepts and realities of higher dimensions and how to actually conceptualize higher dimensions. The book is basically a long thought experiment that keeps expanding to encompass more and more implications of reality when viewed in expansive and creative ways.
Very fun, intellectually enticing and packed full of titles and thinkers to look into afterwards. There are also many puzzles to concepts encountered, which I’m going to go back through Very challenging, yet humorous book pushing into the concepts and realities of higher dimensions and how to actually conceptualize higher dimensions. There are also many puzzles to concepts encountered, which I’m going to go back through now that I’m through the text.
Feb 17, Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer rated it really liked it.
The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes by Rudy Rucker
The nerd in me is always interested in Math. My wife is a math major and one of my best friends and personal heroes is also a math wiz.
This book walks you through how our mind could eventually begin to understand what the fourth dimension is. Great book for high school AP students and up. It carries a philosophical view to the fourth dimension.
It makes a lot of references to “Flatland”. I will read it some day. May 26, Nancy rated it it was amazing. The illustrations simple drawings are fantastic! This book takes complex material and presents it in a simple lay-man’s language that is accessible to all. Rucker does an amazing job exploring the topics of time travel, higher dimensional life, and relativity.
The graphics keep the book on an entertaining level and away from the text-book feel that it could have easily fallen into. A little outdated and clunky to read. But it does have some interesting perspectives. Sep 01, Dave Doyle rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. I really started me thinking about the 4th dimension. What it meant, and how to envision it. This guy is an ass hole who really does not have shit to say. We then, can reason by analogy of Plato work, who has been the first to grasp this idea.