Recognizing the Fourth Dimension
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In "Recognizing the Fourth Dimension," author draws on a wealth of diverse yet connected material to help the reader exercise her awareness of spacial and temporal dimensions: from the geometry of the hypercube, to the philosophical allegory of Plato's cave; from astronomical observations of the planets and solar system, to the music of the spheres; from visual art, to the psychology of perception. Underlined in all of these exercises, however, is the idea that we have the chance to understand ourselves as four-dimensional beings, as not simply possessing bodies, but possessing time-bodies. The idea of recollection and remembrance gave the title of this book, in which we try to recognize the fourth dimension in our everyday life and to recollect this kind of experience for our soul.
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Oct 17, 2011REVIEW Recognizing the Fourth Dimension by S. Alexakhin Second revised edition 2005 The different chapters are: - The Fourth Dimension as a Geometrical Object - The Hypercube - Plato's Cave - From Second to Third, From Third to Four - Rotation and Mirror Symmetry - Reality Level, Color and Time - The Fourth Dimension as the Object of Movement in Time - The Dance of the Spheres - Music, Architecture and Microcosm - What if We Could See in Any Wavelength of the Electromagnetic Spectrum? - The Time-Body
Oct 17, 2011From the hypercube to the music of the spheres, we are taken on a trip through other dimensions. And trippy it is! The book starts by quoting Plato's concept that our souls have been born many times and have acquired omniscience in the process. We remember only a tiny bit of it. So when we help our souls remember something of that vast amount of knowledge, we deepen our experience of reality, and ultimately can gain access to other dimensions of being, to a "4th dimension". In order to give us a taste of this "4th dimension", the author sets up a buffet of very diverse and unusual topics. Apart from the chapters on geometry which are best read in order, one can pick and choose between the other chapters at will. The different chapters are: - The Fourth Dimension as a Geometrical Object - The Hypercube - Plato's Cave - From Second to Third, From Third to Four - Rotation and Mirror Symmetry - Reality Level, Color and Time - The Fourth Dimension as the Object of... More > Movement in Time - The Dance of the Spheres - Music, Architecture and Microcosm - What if We Could See in Any Wavelength of the Electromagnetic Spectrum? - The Time-Body It may take a certain amount of intellectual effort to study certain chapters. Some are easier to grasp (Plato's allegory), some less (the hypercube), but on the whole the material is not difficult. In any case, the author has done a good job at finding a variety of examples and explaining them point by point. The numerous illustrations are a great help, as well as welcome esthetic surprises revealing hidden aspects of our worlds' beauty. An astounding variety of sources, examples, and reflexions is presented, spanning from antiquity to present day, from art to physics, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, literature ... It would have been nice to have all the sources cited listed in a complete bibliography, though. Nonetheless the book is useful as a reference, as a spring board to further explorations. While certain books focus more on the mathematical aspect of the 4th dimension, or on the time aspect, etc., here the emphasis is put on the connections between the different aspects the 4th dimension can take. The chapter Music, Architecture and Microcosm is a good example of this inter-weaving, because it shows the different manifestations of our world as they are linked together through harmony. Little known informative snippets are peppered throughout the book. For example, the harmonograph of the 19th century could trace the paths of pendulums on paper and reveal fundamental patterns that are the same as the paths of astral bodies. Underlying the book's explorations are suggestions about the state of mind necessary to grasp other dimensions, that is, the "casting off of the self". Now that quantum physics has proved that by observing an event, we modify it, it is more necessary than ever to suspend judgement, and perhaps try to re-discover our world without the limitations of our ordinary 3D perception. And if we still cannot obtain a direct experience of the 4th dimension, at least knowing that it is "out there" provides us the inspiration and the room to grow. I highly recommend this book for those in search of remembrance of the Higher Dimension of Self.< Less
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- S. I. Alexakhin (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- January 11, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.06 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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