Demented Dimensions

Let’s talk about Dimensions! I was watching Steve angrily play a game of Golden Axe on the Wii, and I got to thinking about dimensions. I can’t remember how I brought it up, but I have always been under the impression that the first dimension exists strictly in two directions–one or the other. Back and forth, but with no further direction. Say for instance, that you are playing sonic the hedgehog.

Sonic can only move in two directions, forward and back. He can’t move within the scenery. Though the scenery behind him would suggest that there are two dimensions. Now, two dimensions has usually meant to me, drawing something to look 3-dimensional on paper. But now as I discuss that, I learn that paper itself is a 3-dimensional object!

I was under the impression that if the “idea” of space was indicated, but not existent, that it was two dimensional. Such is how I thought of Golden Axe, because the characters can move around, back and forth, but also side to side, although no indication of dimension is indicated by anything like light/shadow…
I finally got to looking up what was going on with all the crazy dimensions. Let’s look at this diagram:



The dot is considered the zero dimension. It has no height or width. There’s literally “nothing to it.”
The line is the first dimension. It has height. Up and down.
The square has height and width, so it is the second dimension.
The cube is the third dimension is the cube. It has height, width, and depth.
The messed up part is the fifth shape, which I can’t remember the name for. Anyhow, it’s the fourth dimension, which consists of height, width, depth, and time.

TIME?! How the hell do you draw time?!

Did you know that theorists claim up to ELEVEN dimensions?!

Science is crazy!

8 Responses to “Demented Dimensions”


  1. 1 Goodboy Norman Featherstone March 30, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I’m currently reading, “A Wrinkle in Time,” and it tries to explain how time can be a dimension. Yeah, that’s right, I read books.

  2. 2 LMizzle March 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Hahah, I love it!

    I’ve read about half of that, and then I had to move houses so it got packed away….then for some reason I never kept up with that one, but it was a really cool story!

  3. 3 Steve V March 30, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I think I read that.
    Monsters, right?

  4. 4 LMizzle March 30, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Monsters??? WHErE?!?!? AAAAAAAH!

  5. 5 John April 1, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    It’s 10.34pm on Sunday. REALLY bad time to try and digest that. In my head, I think I have learnt something.

    Although I loved the screen shots. Totally took me back to me SEGA days!

  6. 6 Ultra Toast Mosha God April 2, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Science IS crazy, yes.

    That’s why I focused on the Golden Axe.

    Drawing the time?

    Hurts just thinking about it…

  7. 7 The Duke April 5, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Golden Axe fucking ruled!

    Dimensions are crazy. For instance, our 3D sight is caused by combining two 2D views from each eye. Most of them are just mathematic expressions though.

    I am not sure if the mathematical 4 dimensions is also space-time or if that’s just in physics. Space-time is measured by such things are gravity’s effect on light though. If you look up stuff on black holes on Wikipedia you should get a pretty good explanation of it.

    I have a huge boner for astrophysics!

  8. 8 The Duke April 5, 2007 at 6:18 am

    Owe and I think they draw it with a graph to show a process rather than a static image.


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