Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons

Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons

by Clifford A. Pickover

With this astonishing guidebook, Surfing Through Hyperspace, you need not be a mathematician or an astrophysicist to explore the all-but-unfathomable concepts of hyperspace and higher-dimensional geometry.No subject in mathematics has intrigued both children and adults as much as the idea of a fourth dimension.

In the tradtion of Flatland, and with an infectious enthusiasm, Clifford Pickover tackles the problems inherent in our 3-D brains trying to visualize a 4-D world, muses on the religious implications of the existence of higher-dimensional consciousness, and urges all curious readers to venture into "the unexplored territory lying beyond the prison of the obvious." Pickover alternates sections that explain the science of hyperspace with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialogue between two futuristic FBI agents who dabble in the fourth dimension as a matter of national security.

This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers.Surfing Through Hyperspace concludes with a number of puzzles, computer experiments and formulas for further exploration, inviting readers to extend their minds across this inexhaustibly intriguing scientific terrain.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Science
  • Rating: 3.64
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish Date: September 23rd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
  • Isbn10: 0195130065
  • Isbn13: 9780195130065

What People Think about "Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons"

The most serious problem with the book is that the author attempts to make theological assertions based on an understanding of extra-dimensional phenomena, and most of these are filled with errors. Chapter 3 I want to know what it feels like to be a God. Introduction - The author includes an illustration of two awestruck church-goers in a pew witnessing a 4-D hyperbeing intersect with our reality. His claim: People throughout human history have not been worshiping God but have been actually worshiping hyperbeings because they werent enlightened about extra-dimensionality. The problem: The author has created a straw-man for what he thinks to be God and then uses extra-dimensionality phenomena to explain it. --- Introduction The author includes a quote from the Gospel of Thomas, supposedly to give support to his claims of a connection between extra-dimensionality and Christianity. The author claims you can explain away a belief in God and other mystical experiences with an understanding of extra-dimensionality. For a better work that properly connects extra-dimensionality with theology, I would recommend a book such as Hugh Ross Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal about the Glory and Love of God.

I did briefly get excited when one chapter headed down a road that looked really promising - multidimensional variations on games like chess and monopoly; knights that weren't allowed to effectively jump into the 3rd dimension by leaping over men on the board; 3-D chess play inside an 8x8 cube; a chess board on a Möbius strip. Surfing Through Hyperspace promised a deeper understanding of higher dimensions but, for me, it was a profound disappointment.

Anyway, to summarise my deleted review: terrible book, written by an idiot, repeats the same "what if Flatland was in 3D instead of 2D" idea over and over again, Worst excuse for X-Files fanfic I've ever read, in which "Mulder" spends the entire time mansplaining 4D to "Scully" (who gets fondled by a 4D being in the end, spoilers) "Six Easy Lessons" is a complete misnomer, there aren't any lessons here, and I don't even think there are 6 chapters as one chapter is entirely taken up by the shitty X-Files story (which by the way is written in the second person, and has "you" alternatively lecturing "Sally" on 4D and longing after her tiny little hands and hair that smells like autumn, BARF) Final thing about the X-Files ripoff is that every other sentence that "you" say starts with "Sally,...".

The title of the book is a lesson in itself on how to attract your audience. This book is a non-fiction work that reads like Douglas Adams "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." I do not understand the higher math required to describe the Fourth Dimension. I put this book aside, while reading an older title that Pickover references. None of these authors, including Pickover, consider the possibility of dimensions other than physical. Attempts to view other dimensions can be seen in Irish "pagan" symbols dating prior to 500 BCE.

Most books, science-TV shows, and websites introduce fourth dimension by comparing the interaction of the three dimensional beings (us) with imaginary 2-dimensional dwellers (flatlanders). Although the author does a good job of helping the reader develop a good feeling for the fourth dimension, the dialogue between FBI agents sometimes gets sensual, which the author could have certainly avoided in a science related book (sometimes it gives you a feeling that you are reading a semi-romantic novel). The author gives many simple problems (brain-teasers) to help reader to reach the peak of his imagination and thoughts to visualize hyperspace.

How a 4D creature would see, live, look like, comparing to us. He offers an analogy to 3D creatures (like us), meeting 2D creatures (flat ones, living on the surface of a lake for example). The animals living on the surface of a body of water would move and maybe THINK in 2D, but they will be regular 3D objects. If you are interested in the 4-th dimension and like mathematics, this is a good book to read.

This book explored the fourth dimension. The author attempts to tackle the problem with our #D oriented minds that prevents us from visualizing the fourth dimension, which is essential for mathematicians and physicists. The author tried to make it accessible by writing it as a story instead of a guidebook.

Pickover books may be less than the sum of their parts, but the parts are always provocative and interesting.

This is a popular science book on the subject of higher dimensions.

Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. Watson Research Center in 1982, as a member of the speech synthesis group and later worked on the design-automation workstations.2 For much of his career, Pickover has published technical articles in the areas of scientific visualization, computer art, and recreational mathematics.1 Currently, he is still at the IBM Thomas J. His Neoreality and Heaven Virus science-fiction series explores the fabric of reality and religion.1 Pickover is author of hundreds of technical papers in diverse fields, ranging from the creative visualizations of fossil seashells 6, genetic sequences7 8, cardiac9 and speech sounds, and virtual caverns10 and lava lamps11, to fractal and mathematically based studies 12 13 14 15.