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The 248-dimension map

Monday, September 17, 2007

So what's a dimension? According to Wiki,
a dimension (Latin, "measured out") is a parameter or measurement required to define the characteristics of an object. In math, dimensions are the parameters required to describe the position and relevant characteristics of any object within a conceptual space—where the dimension of a space is the total number of different parameters used for all possible objects considered in the model.
Okay, so I admit that in this lifetime, I only know 4 dimensions: the usual spatial coordinates X, Y, and Z (length, width, and height) + time. But get this, mathematicians for the past four years and with the help of supercomputers have actually constructed a map of 248 dimensions!! Wow! Something like that is definitely beyond my imagination. So what are the remaining 244 dimensions? Hmmn, let's see... Volume, Smell, Sensation, Color? What else?

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