Scientific Visualization and Graphics with Mathematica

Scientific Visualization and Graphics with Mathematica

Maintained by Jeff Bryant

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Higher Dimensions from String Theory

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Mathematica Visualization - Calabi-Yau surface from string theory

String Theory predicts the existence of more than the 3 space dimensions and 1 time dimension we are all familiar with. According to string theory, there are additional dimensions that we are unfamiliar with because they are curled up into tiny complicated shapes that can only be seen on tiny scales. If we could shrink to this tiny, Planck-sized scale we could see that at every 3D point in space, we can also explore 6 additional dimensions. This animation shows a Calabi-Yau surface which is a projection of these higher dimensions into the more familiar dimensions we are aware of.

Brian Greene's book, The Elegant Universe, was made into a documentary and has a chapter that does a good job of explaining this concept. See Chapter 7 of Hour 2, titled "Multiple Dimensions", to watch a 7 minute Quicktime movie that describes this in more detail.

Visualization by Jeff Bryant and based on concepts from A.J. Hanson.

A.J. Hanson, "A Construction for Computer Visualization of Certain Complex Curves," in "Computers and Mathematics" column, ed. Keith Devlin, of Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 41, No. 9, pp. 1156--1163 (American Math. Soc., Providence, November/December, 1994).