The worlds of marble and wood left me feeling stranded halfway through a long tunnel. Trying to grasp the concepts of higher dimensions left me feeling more like a coy out of water than one still trapped in the pond. The concepts discussed in â€œPart 1: Entering the Fifth Dimension,â€ in Hyperspace, by Michio Kaku, left me with more questions than answers. The history and theories found in Introducing Quantum Theoy, by J. P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate, did not help me find the light at the end of the tunnel either; instead, it was more of a review of AP chemistry concepts, still leaving me in that long dark tunnel of grasping to understand higher dimensions. Being a good student, I had to continue my quest for information; reading through chapter seven in Hyperspace, I found a great multitude of explanations. While I am not out of the tunnel yet, I feel the concepts expressed in chapters five, six, and sev en helped to pull me out of the traps that caught quantum and classical physicists till the 1950â€™s. But, I digress. I am going to try to use this paper to explore the ideas that have sparked interest in my own thoughts; concepts that may not have to do specifically with a unified theory of space-time and matter-energy, but that come out of this basic idea, and how it may or may not apply to us as humans.
Rejecting â€œVisualâ€ Higher Dimension.
If we are fish in the coy pond, we have been greatly fooled by the effects of higher dimensions through history. Not until recently, in the past 100 years, have we realized this trickery. To explain further: the assumptions that plagued physics from the latter nineteenth to the early twentieth centaury was a misunderstanding of our own position and role in our coy pond. To assume that we would experience higher dimensions visually is the major fault of this time period. The line of thinking that goes through Flatland, by E. A. Abbot and the story, â€œ