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It also brings out the free surfaces of the channel, which is destined to form the free surface of the doughnut.

Unfortunately one cannot draw four-dimensional things on paper, so that in Figure 29 we have tried to convey this idea by an example of the two- dimensional shadow man taking for the time-direction the space- direction perpendicular to the two-dimensional plane on which he lives.

After she had read in manuscript some of the chapters of the book, and told me about numerous things in it which she could not understand, I finally decided that this book is not for children as I had originally intended it to be. Looping effect explained by Copernicus. How dare we, creatures of length, height, and width, speak of four-dimensional space? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

One, Two, Three…Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

Now our “double apple” has a free sur- face composed of the inner walls of the channel Figure 19a. Just as the plane projection of an ordinary sphere is formed by two flat discs put together point to point and joined only along the outer circumference, the space-projec- tion of a supersphere must be imagined as two spherical bodies put through each other and joined along their outer surfaces.

If this is really so travelers around the universe would come back left-handed with their hearts in the right part of their chests, and the manufacturers of gloves and shoes would have the dubious advantage of being able to simplify the production by making only one kind of shoes and gloves, and shipping one half of them around the universe to turn them into the kind needed for the other half of the world’s feet.

Jnfinity and night unceasingly, the priest on duty transfers the discs from one diamond needle to another, according to the fixed and immutable laws of Brahma, which require that the priest must move only one disc at a time, and he must place these discs on needles so that there never is a smaller disc below a infinigy one.


Thus all we have to add here is that the three-dimensional projection Figure 27 Plane projection of the globe. Among the topics scrutinized with the author’s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, onfinity the origin of the solar system.

It was written just after a number of important scientific advances, inifnity were included in the text, and in order to bring it up to date relatively few changes and additions were necessary. The author explains his thoughts very concisely and in a very easily understandable manner.

Acknowledgment is made to Prentice-Hall, Inc. What is the difference between these two kinds of objects?

The branch of geometry concerned with these matters is known as analysis situs or topology 2 and is one of the most provocative and difficult of the departments of famow. On one feorge these needles, at the creation, God placed sixty-four discs of pure gold, the largest disc resting on the brass plate and the others getting smaller and smaller up to the top one. We are talking here of time, which, together with space, is constantly used to describe events taking place around us.

His science, rivets like a jackhammer, pounding out universal revelations with each new page. Proof of Euler’s theorem. From X-rays to Quarks: He does a nice job of covering Relativity in semi-technical terms. Two-dimensional scientists check Euclidian theorem. Principle of the electrostatic generator. Thus, if we are going to identify time with space in the Pytha- gorean formula we must do it in some unconventional way infinitg would preserve some of their natural differences.

Compared with these dull, pompous fantasists, George Gamow is a breath of fresh air. Figure 8 The first three infinite numbers. Thus we may designate the four-dimensional distance between two events as the square root of the sum of the squares of the three space co-ordinates, minus the square of the time co-ordinate, which has of course to be first expressed in space units.

Probably the largest number ever mentioned in literature per- tains to the famous “Problem of a Infiniy Line. More than 60 years after its initial publication, this is still a fun read, even if some parts have inevitably been overtaken by more recent discoveries. If he runs out of beads while there are still some coins, he knows that he has more vamow than beads; if he gamwo out of coins with some beads left he knows that he has more beads than coins, and if he comes out even he knows that he has the same number of beads as coins.


This is just the warm-up wrestling with number theory the purest branch of mathematics. We have been discussing the points on a line “1 in. Two times two are four, three times three are nine, four times four are sixteen, and five times five are twenty-five. Now write above georve sequence, the sequence of integers and you have the one-to-one correspondence between the infinity of fractions and the infinity of integers. But all his efforts were in vain; the island was too big! In Figure 30 we give an teorge example showing the world-lines of the sun, the earth, and a comet.


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Over delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author add another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. But wait a moment. In particular, you find that whereas different parts of your body, partially overlapping one another, will form the body of the Unusual Properties of Space 59 “double apple,” the entire universe, including the earth, moon, sun, and stars, wiil be squeezed into the inner circular channel!

Unfortunately, the man never George Gamow is the man who predicted that there should be Cosmic Background Radiation CMB — an afterglow of The Big Bang which would have after billions of years cooled down to about five degrees above absolute zero — noticeable as the sizeable amount of static on your television set before we were blessed with cablewhich is one of the major proofs of the Big Bang Theory and which elevated him to the status of one of the greatest Scientists of the 20th Century.

Principle of a cyclotron. You can easily find that it is true as applied to some simple examples, thus: