Physics question | |

wondering if anyone can help me with a project I'm working on for my 3d space and design class (I'm an art student) [perhaps I'll be working at starbucks in a few years]. anyway, i recall in my high school physics class there was a theory that the universe could be on a 1D line that has been infinitely folded to take up all space or some such. just wondering if anyone could tell me the name of said theory, explain it, or point me in a direction where i can read up about it... thanks in advance | |

I think that you may be referring to Einstein's Theory of Relativity which talks about how space and time are curved. My discipline does not touch on it, but I do know that it is extremely complex once you get into the details of it. How much do you need to know for your project? | |

about enough to justify why i have a squiggly line sculpture, and how the universe could be described as a continuous line, and enough to answer any questions that may be asked. i found this video that might be helpful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJJhHknEDPY but any actual academic research would be a help | |

Space-filling curve, it has many variants; i.e. *Hilbert space-filling curve The concept your allegedly pursuing is, only a point in Hausdorff space is isomorphic to a point in a continuous line segment. I doubt the formulas or theorems would be of any use to you. But there are java applications and other programs that let you simulate them in any number of arbitrary dimensions. | |

Since you are an art student, and you can probably write some pseudo-sciency stuff instead of the real theorems. String theory mentions different dimensions. Our entire universe could be a plane in another dimension, and how you go from plane to line is really up to you. The strings themselves bend and twist in many shapes, that's gold for pseudo-science :) There are lots of documentaries on the subject, I doubt the textbooks on it will be of interest, since they require mastering a number of other subjects to understand properly. | |

Space-filling curve, it has many variants; i.e. The concept you're allegedly pursuing is that a point in Hausdorff space is isomorphic to a point in a continuous line segment. I doubt the formulas or theorems would be of any use to you. But there are java applications and other programs that let you simulate them in any number of arbitrary dimensions. Not sure if you are demonstrating an instance of Self-deprecating humour, pessimism or cynicism with your introduction. Here is word that hopefully matches your criteria for "actual academic research" as you requested. Space-filling curves are mathematics concept in the field of topology, not physics as it does not accurately convey the current academic understanding of physical space, as it requires needlessly complicated and convoluted descriptions to describe simple concepts such as the Inverse-square law. If you propose a theory to describe the properties of space based on the topology of space-filling curves, then it requires formulation of metric tensors for the differential geometer already described by tensor algebra in General Relativity, and objects spatial-temporal trajectory in General and Special Relativity. The current model utilises Minkowski space's Lorentzian (Pseudo-Riemannian) manifold with differential topology applied by the Stress-energy tensor, where the scale and momentum of objects distinguish under which mechanics and field theory they operate under. If you should like to continue to peruse that avenue of thinking then construct a self-consistent geometric model that encompasses and unifies all currently known phenomenology to arbitrary precision and provides testable predictions of yet unknown phenomena. Proof under mathematical rigor demonstrating your equations as necessarily true is a prerequisite to publication. Failure to do so leaves a superfluous counterproductive interpretation that teaching to others amounts to intellectual dishonesty and fraud in academics and industry. The topology described by space-filling curves can however be used for a co-ordinate system when the physical constants are set too h->0 & G->0; making Euclid's postulates applicable by elimination of the Stress-energy tensor, the Planck constant, and ignoring the causality structure rendering a static map. It is highly advised not to plot/map out motion by classical mechanics or a lorentz manifold. It's a nice visual aid for teaching mathematics, like the old Armillary spheres. They also both convey the world inaccurately. (Geodesic motion in General relativity superseded the old models of planetary motion.) Just to clarify, Space-filling curve sculptures make appropriate artistic representation of abstract mathematical structures/concepts; or as visual aids for teaching mathematics, not cosmology. ********************************************************************************** Caution! Physical constants and physical laws not confirmed beyond a dozen decimal places. *Gravitational constant (Gc or G) = 33363•meter^3/(500000000000000•kilogram•second^2) *Planck constant = 13252151•joule•second/20000000000000000000000000000000000000000 | |

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