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 November 15th, 2018, 04:32 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Nov 2018 From: Indiana,USA Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 Math Focus: probability. Is it possible to view the second dimension? I'm just wondering because we live in a world that has 3 dimensions, and subtracting height means that it would just be a line.(Just my opinion on this topic.) Hope some of you here figure this problem.
 November 16th, 2018, 06:17 AM #2 Math Team     Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,977 Thanks: 1571 recommended reading ... Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott Thanks from topsquark
 November 16th, 2018, 06:27 AM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Oct 2009 Posts: 839 Thanks: 323 Now a movie too: Thanks from topsquark
 November 30th, 2018, 06:10 AM #4 Member   Joined: Jul 2018 From: Germany Posts: 37 Thanks: 1 A youtube-guy too This guy explains dimensions very interestingly:
 November 30th, 2018, 06:17 AM #5 Member   Joined: Jul 2018 From: Germany Posts: 37 Thanks: 1 2D I'd say you can conceptualize the second dimension, but can't really view it. Depends on your definition on viewing something though. A 2-dimensional object cannot be perceived by our senses as far as I know. So you always look at 3D-objects, or even 4D-objects, because without time you couldn't see anything. Maybe all dimensions known to us are necessary for us to exist and therefore to "view things". You could then only view 11-dimensional objects. But yeah thinking about dimensions is very interesting, here's another mindblowing concept: relativity; explained by Brian Greene: Don't read the comments though, it'll mess up your day. Last edited by skipjack; November 30th, 2018 at 10:17 AM.
 February 11th, 2019, 11:43 AM #6 Senior Member   Joined: Jul 2013 From: United Kingdom Posts: 471 Thanks: 40 Yes, we are capable of perceiving in 2 dimensions because we are capable of seeing in 3 dimensions. We have no trouble with understanding 0 dimensions or perceiving in 1, 2 or 3 dimensions. What is a problem though is seeing in 4 dimensions. That's impossible and our brains simply aren't equipped to do so. The 4th dimension, or dimensions above are imaginary and cast shadows on lower dimensions. If you were capable of seeing in 4 dimensions, you'd be able to look at a cube and see all its sides simultaneously. No side would be hidden from view. The answer to your question is simply a yes. You can easily see the surface of a flat sheet of paper. It wouldn't give you a headache.

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