The Hypercube Layout | ||
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In order to define things more precisely, one might view the discussion on a order 2 n-dimensional hypercube the 2^{n} corners are numbered 0 to 2^{n}-1. Starting with the point '0' each dimension k adds 2^{k-1} to each existing point, the entire figure thus gets copied, adding the edges x-2^{k}+x |
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Note: the reader be warned not to take the penteract as pictured above, it is merely a helpful 3-dimensional analog of the 'real' thing showing an interpretation of the axes ; the various corners can be numbered as indicated ; the position in hyperspace won't be as shown in any 2 dimensional picture also: k-agonals x - 2^{k}-1-x ; x=[0..2^{k-1}] ; k=1..n |
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square | layout of the square | |
The series start with the point and line but besides these two also the square is relatively trivial the 4 points simply connect with the edges 0-1, 2-3 (the line and its copy) the new edges 0-2 and 1-3 are the dimensional additions |
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cube | layout of the cube | |
The also familiar cube start with the square 0123 above and its copy the square 4567 the 2^{2}=4 added the edges 0-4, 1-5, 2-6 and 3-7. Together with the square edges the faces 0246, 1357, 2367 and 0145 are added |
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tesseract | layout of the tesseract | |
Going from the cube to the tesseract a 2^{3}=8 is added to each corner, though thus the square 0123 is connected to the square 89AB, one need to connect the original top face with the copies backface to be able to place all the new faces in a connecting manner into a layout picture |
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penteract | layout of the penteract | |
mirroring the tesseract into its new copy one can trace the tesseract layouts central row to form the new faces between the tesseract and its copy. The 16 remaining squares could be placed entirely on the original tesseract leaving its copy entirely bare of new layout faces, which is of cause merely a placement choice |
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This list might be continued further. Just as with the familiar cube one can change layouts by placing squares at other places as long as edges correspond with the adjecent edge. As interpretion of things in more than 3 dimension is based on its math folding the central vertical and horizontal together one can experience a kind of beam inside the penteract, tracing the beam in the picture above one sees how this beam bents. The real 'beam' probably forms an even weirder path though hyperspace. |