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The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes Paperback – September 11, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0395393888 ISBN-10: 0395393884

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (September 11, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395393884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395393888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Povilaitis began his art and design career in Chicago, and has been a graphic artist and photographer for 35 years. His conceptual art has been used regularly in publications all over the world to visually illuminate editorial and educational articles and books. Distilling authors' intensions and creating art that engages the readers' wit and intelligence is an enjoyable challenge for him.

Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (born March 22, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American computer scientist and science fiction author, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement. The author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is best known for the novels in the Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which (Software and Wetware) both won Philip K. Dick Awards. At present he edits the science fiction webzine Flurb

Customer Reviews

His prose is clear, readable, and humorous.
OAKSHAMAN
Rudy Rucker's The Fourth Dimension... is an excellent introduction to concepts of multi dimensions.
Tom Cappuccio
I read this book over the summer, and it taught me a lot.
Tym

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first read this book some twenty years ago I found it to be absolutely mind-expanding. It made me begin to see reality in a new, larger, manner- it began to shake loose my preconceptions. Now, when I review it, I find the concepts to be commonplace. How could I have ever thought otherwise? That's a measure of the transforming process that it began in me. This book will start you on the climb to a new intellectual plateau. Even synchronicity, which I had the hardest time accepting, is now a "given" for me.

Rucker is a highly effective writer- for a mathematician. His prose is clear, readable, and humorous. Plus, he examines the subject from mathematical, scientific, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. His use of relevant quotes throughout the work is excellent- plus there is a very good bibliography for further study.

If you do feel the need for further study (and you will) then try _Exploring the Fourth Dimension_ by Ralphs, or _Extra Dimensional Universe_ by Violette. Then perhaps you may feel up to eventually tackling _Tertium Organum_ by Ouspensky, and _The Multiple States of Being_ by Guenon.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a nice well-written book about what a 4D Universe would be like, and delves a bit into Einsteinian spacetime. The problem with this book is that Rucker wrote another book "Geometry, Relativity, and the 4TH dimension" which has tons more information in it and is at least 1/10th the size of this book. So, in a way, this is just a wordy repeat of his older book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
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Though we must accept that all of this is as speculative as ghosts and goblins, the subject matter is handled with the perfect meshing of tongue-in-cheek discussion and serious discourse about the higher dimensions. Rucker makes the reader think twice about what could be out there, both higher and lower than us; in this sense, the book is about humanity. Complete with funny illustrations, this is a perfect choice for finding out about scifi/scireality concepts of spacial dimensions. (A little tough to follow in the time travel section, but give it a try.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By warparty on October 29, 2011
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After I read "The Power" by James Mills [which I ordered from Amazon], I wanted to try to understand higher concepts that were a backdrop of the story; concepts such as quantum physics, the fourth dimension, plasma, holograms.

I didn't get very far into "The Fourth Dimension." It was just like math textbooks explanations of how to solve problems. When somebody explains it to me: one step or more has been omitted because it was assumed that it was known or understood.

Then I went back and read "The Fourth Dimension" an Amazon customer review" It advised Rucker's "Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension," was easier to understand.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tym on January 7, 2003
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For all those of you who have questioned your surroundings, this is the perfect book to get you started on a long journey. I read this book over the summer, and it taught me a lot. Not only does Rucker accurately cover the fourth dimension, but it allows your mind to take it other concepts you might have ruled out before. Even though he starts off a little advanced for the beginning reader, it's pretty easy to figure out if you piece everything together. Granted, the end of the book starts to unwind a bit, and the drawings are a little childish, but overall this is one of the best books I've read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the fourth dimension or concepts beyond their grasp.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Hester on September 8, 2004
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Great Book on higher dimensions, I found that I could not put it down. Illustrations could be updated a little but over all great material. I can also say that I understand gravity better now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ilu on July 29, 2006
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This book is easy to read, but electrifying. I read it when I was twelve, and it changed my life forever. I cannot imagine what kind of person I'd be if I had not read this book.

Of all the books I've read with technical basis, intending to introduce the reader to scientific or mathematical theory - this is among the most entertaining and important I've ever read.

The information in it may be too commonplace for some scientists or mathematicians, but I'd heartily recommend it to the ordinary person who's curious about the world around them!

(& To the scientists and mathematicians I'd still say ... just give a whirl.) :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1998
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This book was a fun read, and I was surprised how well Rucker (whom I had considered a fiction author primarily) was able to convey the ideas in this book in a very understandable fashion. It covers time and space as well as paradoxes. In general an interesting and fun book.
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More About the Author

Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who spent 20 years as a Silicon Valley computer scientist. He's a contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His 37 published books include novels and non-fiction books such as THE FOURTH DIMENSION. His cyberpunk series THE WARE TETRALOGY and his novel of the fourth dimension SPACELAND are favorites. His memoirs NESTED SCROLLS and ALL THE VISIONS offer uniquely skewed insights into our times. Recent books include COMPLETE STORIES and the novels TURING & BURROUGHS and THE BIG AHA. His new reprint collection TRANSREAL TRILOGY includes his classic novels THE SECRET OF LIFE, WHITE LIGHT, and SAUCER WISDOM. More info at http://www.rudyrucker.com

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