Documenting the Coming Singularity

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Untangling squished up spatial dimensions

Cosmic Log - 10.1.10 by Alan Boyle

British physicist Stephen Hawking may claim that extra dimensions provide the key to understanding the "grand design" of the universe, but it's Chinese-American mathematician Shing-Tung Yau who actually figured out how those extra dimensions work.

In his new book, "The Shape of Inner Space," Yau and his co-author, Steve Nadis, touch upon the work that led to the discovery of theoretical "Calabi-Yau spaces" — and the cosmic implications of multidimensional geometry.

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