This is one of the best five minute explanations 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!
"Mapping" in 10 dimensions isn't cartography, it's math.
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.
Last edited by su_liam; 12-16-2009 at 01:42 PM.
Astrographer - My blog.
-How to Fit a Map to a Globe
-Regina, Jewel of the Spinward Main(uvmapping to apply icosahedral projection worldmaps to 3d globes)
-Building a Ridge Heightmap in PS
-Faking Morphological Dilate and Contract with PS
-Editing Noise Into Terrain the Burpwallow Way
-Wilbur is Waldronate's. I'm just a fan.
Please see the attached map for a 10th dimensional image:
Neon that's an amazing map! I saw it last year, in another lifetime!
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))
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.
Great link, Ravi.
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