Anyone who knows me knows of my endless fascination with all things hyperdimensional. The idea of a space at right angles to our visible dimensions is one of the most fascinating ideas ever considered. In M Theory it is the place where gravity comes from. If such a dimension does exist, is it a limitation of cognition or one of physics that keeps its secrets unrevealed? Why should something so amazing be wrapped up in a mathematical model that only a few people in the world understand? We know so little about the universe. We know so little about ourselves. It boggles my mind to think about where we may be a million years from now. How radically different we will be physically, mentally. Will we then be able to peer into those unseen realities? Will we have come to a complete understanding of the universe or will a descendant of mine be looking into a different night sky, with different constellations, thousands of light years away wondering how much we will know a millions years from then.
As an aspiring scientist it is taboo to say that complete understanding is impossible – but I’m not sure that given a billion years we will be any closer to understanding how the universe began than we are now. Even catching a glimpse of a Hecatonicosihedrigon or a Hexacosihedrigon in some cognitively twisted hyperdimension will only complicate the puzzle further, pull the Gordian knot a little tighter. Yeah, I’m pretty sure my distant relative will look to the stars and even if he knows how it all began, he’ll still be wondering why.
Here is a round up of the latest in my reading on hyperdimensions: