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The Third Dimension - Just an Illusion?

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Nevermind trying to understand the fourth dimension. It turns out that the good ol' third dimension, loved and relied upon by millions worldwide, may in fact be nothing more than a holographic illusion, and that the entire universe really exists in just two dimensions.

Confused? PopSci offers a brainy-but-still-sort-of-understandable summary:

"The universe-as-hologram theory is predicated on the idea that spacetime is not perfectly smooth, but becomes discrete and pixelated as you zoom in further and further, like a low-res digital image. This idea isn’t novel; recent experiments in black-hole physics have offered evidence that this may be the case, and prominent physicists have proposed similar ideas. Under this theory, the universe actually exists in two dimensions and the third is an illusion produced by the intertwining of time and depth. But the false third dimension can’t be perceived as such, because nothing travels faster than light, so instruments can’t find its limits."

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Fermilab: Where the universe is unraveled

So now particle astrophysicist and clever chap extraordinaire Craig Hogan and his team at Fermilab (of particle accelerator fame) have started work on building the most precise clock ever made, so that they can "zoom in" on time to observe it breaking down, thus proving (supposedly) that everything we know is not real, including Lady Gaga.

How exactly would this prove that the third dimension doesn't exist? Well, if the third dimension is a hologram created by time and depth working together, then if you could observe the limit of time (using the holometer), which no one has ever been able to do, then one would observe that hologram break down.

Or something like that. Thankfully, work on the holometer has just begun, so the end of the world as we know it won't come until 2011 at the earliest. 

timedesign's picture

Think I'm just gonna go for a

Think I'm just gonna go for a lie down...

MrShaw's picture

Noel Edmonds

Amazing stuff. So does this mean that all those crappy programmes on t.v. are defying logical reasoning to date, just to annoy me? Surely the work of Noel Edmonds, Chief Cretin.

Hewy's picture

See neysayers? The world is

See neysayers? The world is flat after all! Mwwwahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

FreakmasterJ's picture

depth

"Under this theory, the universe actually exists in two dimensions and the third is an illusion produced by the intertwining of time and depth."

I thought depth was the definition of the 3rd dimension...? If depth is real, then the 3rd dimension is real, right?

And i thought time was the fourth dimension...

Thargor21's picture

my ideas and imagination

the depth is time physically pushing space into existence, some sorta holofield.
 

Anonymous's picture

The reporter is a dunce and

The reporter is a dunce and could have been more formal in his approach considering the implications of releasing this article. Honestly, there is enough information on the net that is reliable for everyone to see, there is no reason these questions should be asked anymore.

If you want a lesson on dimensions go find the video labeled,"Imagining the Ten Dimensions Part 1 and 2" there is debate on the amount of dimensions but its to get a good idea on the third and fourth before you all go for the time/space quantum level stuff. Keep digging, if you can handle it.

Kuncen's picture

Implications

Anonymous wrote:
The reporter is a dunce and could have been more formal in his approach considering the implications of releasing this article.

Ouch, that hurt! Well, not really. I encourage criticism, but not name-calling. Don't be mean.

I don't follow the next part of your comment - what exactly are the implications of releasing this article? I will certainly apologize if the 3rd dimension goes AWOL as a result of releasing this article.

Anonymous wrote:
Honestly, there is enough information on the net that is reliable for everyone to see, there is no reason these questions should be asked anymore.

Right everyone, you heard "Anonymous". Stop asking questions! ;)

Kuncen

timedesign's picture

Right....

Right.... chances are anything discussed on a website will have been dicussed somewhere else. That doesn't invalidate it here.
Also, where is the rule that if you talk about science, you have to do it in a formal manner? You come over sounding more than a little priggish.

Oh, and before you go around calling people a dunce, I refer you to "The Correct Use of the Apostrophe Part 1 and 2", found in primary school text books up and down the land.