View Full Version : Mapping in 10 dimensions.

12-15-2009, 08:10 AM
This is one of the best five minute explanations (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCQx9U6awFw&feature=player_) of 10 dimensions I've seen. It starts off with the familiar point -> Line explanation.

Might be fun to do a 10 dimensional mapping challenge, lol!

12-15-2009, 09:02 AM
Might be fun to do a 10 dimensional mapping challenge, lol!

10!!!........You might want to look at my star chart threads and see the trouble I'm having with just three!

12-16-2009, 10:07 AM
"Mapping" in 10 dimensions isn't cartography, it's math.

12-16-2009, 02:30 PM
In math, what we do here are called charts. A map is a more generalized function.

Actually, a lot of cartography is done in more than three dimensions. Say, for example: latitude, longitude, altitude(:)), population density, mean temperature, annual precipitation, landuse, vegetation, slope, median income. I don't know exactly what that map would be for, but I have used all of those values in a map at some point. That's ten dimensions, right there.

My favorite method for 3-d starmapping was the one I first saw in Space Opera, x and y coordinates are shown by the position on the flat map surface with z denoted by a number superscripted to the point representing the star. This works well for discrete positions like stars, not as well for places on a continuous surface like the ground. Conversely, while I like the contour starmap idea as a novelty, I don't think it applies well. The space between stars is empty and doesn't logically have an elevation.

12-16-2009, 05:01 PM
Please see the attached map for a 10th dimensional image:

12-16-2009, 05:18 PM
Neon that's an amazing map! I saw it last year, in another lifetime!

12-16-2009, 07:38 PM
Neon, I don't see a map, or is that the point? (Sorry have finally gotten to writing Christmas Cards and my mind isn't here (Not that it ever is))

12-16-2009, 08:48 PM
If you do a map that catalogues say the changes of Empire in Europe from 0AD-2000AD have you made a 4D map, since you are computing the time factor. By this I would mean that you do it as say one of those Youtube videos where someone has just done loads of maps and just placed them order.

12-16-2009, 11:50 PM
My brain hurts :(

12-18-2009, 01:51 AM
Great link, Ravi.

12-18-2009, 09:43 AM
I believe that mathematically there are 11 dimensions.

10 doesn't quite work, but 11 does.

12-19-2009, 04:12 AM
Mathematically, there are as many dimensions as you need (i.e., there are infinite dimensions available). Physically, the number of dimensions is a matter of considerable debate.