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The Fourth Dimension

The Fourth Dimension

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The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art by Linda Dalrymple Henderson and Shadows of reality the fourth dimension in relativity, cubism, and modern thought by Tony Robbin, are two very longs books on the fourth dimension with the former beign the link between art and the fourth dimension. The problem is I am not apt at mathematicss and Euclidean, non-Euclidean geometry, vectors, curves are slightly above my GSCE knowledge. I like the concept of the fourth dimension but it is really difficult to understand mainly because of numerous theories. However if I am going to do anything about the fourth dimension I must have a basic understanding, in order to truly comunicate the ideas to the viewer otherwise my work willl be nonsensical

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Rudy Rucker

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http://www.rudyrucker.com/

Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor, and published a number of software packages.

Rucker is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books on the fourth dimension, infinity, and the meaning of computation.

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"REALITY LEVEL OR COLOUR WOULD CONSTITUE A FOURTH DIMENSION"

"THERE WOULD BE FOUR DEGREES OF FREEDOM" - up/down, left/right/, forward/backward and a fourth direction

 

Rudy Rucker's book, The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes, is the an eye-opening and invaluable resource. It explains various theories of the fourth dimension in a simplistic and often humoruous way. Below are several scans from the books first pages. 

The two most striking statements are the two above. Most notably is the colour one, as an art student the use of colour to present different reality levels offers numerous and excitings avenues to explore in experimenting with 4d.  EXPLORE LAYERING COLOURED LETTERS 4D?

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Flatland by Edwin Abbott

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott is a Victorian short novel in which he utilises the notion of a square (the protagonist) travelling to different dimensions as a satire on Victorian class society. This book however it extremely relevant to me by taking it on a wholly literal level and gives me some view as to the trouble with with imaginign a dimension higher than ou own, whereas it is easy to imagine one lower. 

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