Rob Bryanton is the scientist who dreamed up an ingenious way of representing the universe (or multiple universes) in a clear and elegant way. Starting with simple maps of dots and lines, an accepted methodology to visualize any number of spatial dimensions, Bryanton guides us with logical jumps of increasing complexity.

It begins with a point bereft of dimensions. Many points form a line, or a dimension. The next step is to ask yourself if one of those one-dimensional lines could pass through any possible point. The answer is no: other lines can be used to create a two-dimensional map.

From the 2D, 3D is that which you cross to move from one position to another, or to move to a different bi-dimensional plane. Many maps form a space, a three-dimensional space. And if we continue we reveal a fourth, the fifth and so on, successively, until we meet a kind of omnipresence.

Through a process of increasing complexity, the game of the imagination grows until it makes us logically perceive the inter-relationship between all the dimensions in everything that exists. A calculator of possibilities that works like the map of a logical territory, but not as a result graspable and even less lacking beauty.

Bryanton’s exercise reminds us that by simply imagining that which appears vast, such as the ten dimensions, we are already experiencing it in some way.

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Rob Bryanton is the scientist who dreamed up an ingenious way of representing the universe (or multiple universes) in a clear and elegant way. Starting with simple maps of dots and lines, an accepted methodology to visualize any number of spatial dimensions, Bryanton guides us with logical jumps of increasing complexity.

It begins with a point bereft of dimensions. Many points form a line, or a dimension. The next step is to ask yourself if one of those one-dimensional lines could pass through any possible point. The answer is no: other lines can be used to create a two-dimensional map.

From the 2D, 3D is that which you cross to move from one position to another, or to move to a different bi-dimensional plane. Many maps form a space, a three-dimensional space. And if we continue we reveal a fourth, the fifth and so on, successively, until we meet a kind of omnipresence.

Through a process of increasing complexity, the game of the imagination grows until it makes us logically perceive the inter-relationship between all the dimensions in everything that exists. A calculator of possibilities that works like the map of a logical territory, but not as a result graspable and even less lacking beauty.

Bryanton’s exercise reminds us that by simply imagining that which appears vast, such as the ten dimensions, we are already experiencing it in some way.

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