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Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension (Dover Books on Mathematics) annotated edition Edition
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The 'book like this' as the author calls it, walks the reader through several visual explanations that allow a solid mathematical and graphical explanation of modern physics. This isn't always a simple explanation, but there is a certain reward to struggling with the concepts before understanding them. In particular, Chapter 4 on time as a higher dimension makes the entire book worth reading, with many fascinating examples and a host of thought-provoking examples, such as "Schrodinger's Cat."
This is a very interesting book which would be of use to anyone who wishes to push just a little bit further than the typical popular physics text. For those who wish to push even further to solidify their knowledge, there are even questions at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book.
This particular book is published by Dover, and it's not one of their usual reprints; it was _originally_ published by Dover. (In 1977, but the geometry of spacetime hasn't changed much since then.) It's an exploration of just what the title says: the geometry of the four-dimensional spacetime that the theory of relativity says is Really Out There.
Well, this is a good book on the subject, but you can get others (although one of the best -- Cornelius Lanczos's delightful _Space Through the Ages_ -- has long been out of print). What's coolest about this one is that Rudy Rucker wrote it.
Which means you get those little bombs thrown in at all the right places. Of course Rucker gives you what any competent mathematician will give you -- a sound introductory presentation of the mathematics of 4D spacetime and relativity theory, which are weird enough if you haven't encountered them before (and maybe even if you have) -- but he doesn't stop there. You also get an argument that the apparent passage of time is an illusion, and a little speculation about how this might tie in with the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. And even that isn't all: you get a suggestion that it's possible to _develop a spacetime consciousness_ via some sort of meditation techniques or mystical insight, together with an entry in the annotated bibliography referring you (cautiously) to Robert A. Monroe's _Journeys Out of the Body_, whose experiments Rucker himself has tried.
It's like Raymond Smullyan on acid, if you know what I mean. But honest, it really does make sense.Read more ›
Clear, concise, and not overly daunting....this tome can be read and understood by anyone--even if you haven't had calculus yet. This is a great introduction to non-Euclidean geometry and a nice summary of the history of mathematics. At the very least, it made me read Flatland again. :o)
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An easy read for a Sunday afternoon. Especially if you are into dimensions.Published 2 months ago by Joi
I had a copy many years ago and wore it out. It became lost and years later I wanted to read it again.. This seller provided a beautiful copy. Thanks!Published 8 months ago by Fred Barber
Rucker made the high level concepts understandable in this book, lots of fun imagery.Published 11 months ago by deci
I chose "Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension" for a book report I had to do in my math class and I really enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Liuke Yang
Very nice illustrations. Still very hard to visualize the 4th dimension.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading flatland I thought that there may be a book out there to build a better understanding of higher dimensions at least 4th one. Read morePublished 21 months ago by BERKAY GUNER
I found that this book did not contain as many images of hyper-cubes as I expected.
The description of how hypercubes are conceived and drawn was very minimal, and only... Read more