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Space curvature based on net energy = 0

In Neil DeGrass Tyson's epic video, at 2:26:50 ...
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Describing Objects in the First Dimension

The "third" dimension is the one we experience day-to-day. An example of the "second" dimension is the shadow of a three-dimensional object. How do we describe the "first" dimension? What would be an ...
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Is there a “forwards” and “backwards” in one dimension?

Take a displacement in three dimensions and reduce the number of dimensions by one. The original displacement loses one degree of freedom; giving it two parameters to specify a magnitude and an ...
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Are string theories extra dimensions required to be “higher” than the four we know of? [closed]

Does the mathematics of string theory require extra dimensions to be "higher" than our own? Is it possible that extra dimensions are lower that that the four we currently know? Could our four be ...
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Same number of independent parameters for $SO(n)$ and $O(n)$ [migrated]

Why is the number of independent parameters for $SO(n)$ and $O(n)$ same, in spite of an additional constraint of unit determinant for $SO(n)$?
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Is it time or duration? [closed]

Taking this post: "Is there a proof of existence of time?", as a starting point. Therein was mentioned that there is confusion between: "time" and "flow of time". There was a comment (of mine) that ...
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Could a fourth dimension be “spatially simulated” one point at a time by using movements?

I wonder if time and movement can be translated into a simulation of an extra spatial dimension. At least in one point at a time. I'll try to explain. Imagine a fixed probe which measures the ...
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Instantons as a -1 dimensional object

I don't know much about Instantons, and looking through the Wiki page it seems like one must have a lot of knowledge about QFT to understand them. However recently I've encountered a statement (which ...
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Robertson-Walker metric and stable orbits

The RW metric is defined using 4 spatial dimensions, but stable planetary orbits require 3 spatial dimensions. Does this indicate a problem with the assumption of the RW metric to describe the cosmos? ...
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Coordinates of the extra dimensions

If we live in more than three spatial dimensions, is it not right to conclude that all matter observable to us shares almost the same coordinates of extra dimensions. Or is it just that ordinary ...
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A two-dimensional event horizon?

Today, I came across an article which says that the Universe began with the collapse of a 4-dimensional [spatial] Universe. Well, I don't know if there's any way to confirm these like it is with all ...
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Why doesn't the number of space dimensions equal the number of time dimensions?

It seems as though symmetry is a driving force behind theoretical physics. With symmetry in mind, should we expect that the number of time dimensions should be the same as the number of spatial ...
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Can the compactified dimensions of M-Theory/String Theory become uncurled?

Is it possible for the curled dimensions described in superstring theories to become uncurled and open up. I have read that the big bang could have been the uncurling over 3 dimensions through ...
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Straight line on 8-axis [closed]

How would a straight line appear in a 8-axis co-ordinate system. Will it continue to look like a straight line or will it appear like zig-zag line. We can see that straight line appears like a dot in ...
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Compactification and off-diagonal terms of the metric tensor

In standard 3+1 dimensional spacetime, the metric tensor is of order 4 and had ten independent coefficients, hence there are 6 terms off the diagonal in the corresponding $4\times 4$ real symmetric ...
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Structure of Hilbert Space in Bosonic String Theory

My question is about the canonical quantization of free bosonic string theory as described by Green, Schwarz & Witten. There they use spurious states to calculate a value for the ambiguity ...
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Why time is considered a dimension?

Why time is considered to be a dimension? And the other 7 (except the 3 dimensions of space, and the dimension of time) dimensions that string theory suggests, why can't they be realized?
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Creating a 3-D object from 2-D objects

I'm reading a book, 'Warped Passges' by Lisa Randall. In it she mentions how we can envision higher dimensions by explaning how higher dimension ojects can be created from lower dimension objects. So ...
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Is any one compact dimension for one particle the same as for another particle?

In the 3+1 dimensions of everyday life and GR particles can share the same extended dimensions. Probably all particles share the same 3+1 dimensions. In string theory compact dimensions seem to be ...
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Duality in arbitrary finite dimension using the Levi-Civita tensor

In 4-D flat metric E&M context, given a rank $p$ tensor, one can construct dual of $4-p$ rank tensor by Levi-Civita tensor. Here dual is not in the same sense of mathematical dual. I do not know ...
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Is it reasonable to visualise an additional dimension of time as a part of 4th dimensional spacetime

[EDIT] In the spirit of asking a "good question", this question is considerably more refined that the one I decided to blurt out earlier thanks to a little additional research and nudges from ...
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Is there any intuitive interpretation of compactification?

Obviously the question's title has an unspecified subtext: intuitive to me. Some background to pitch the discussion appropriately: I have a broad understanding, more qualitative than quantitative, of ...
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Why and how the Universe has (at least) 3 spatial dimensions [closed]

We are conscious to live in a 3 dimension universe. Maybe it has more than 3 spatial dimensions (like the 10 mentioned in the string/M-theory) but that is not my concern here. My question is the ...
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If QFT is a sum over 1-D topologies and String Theory over 2-D topologies, what is the corresponding theory for N-D topologies?

My understanding is that perturbative QFT can essentially be described as a weighted sum over 1-D topologies (ie Feynman graphs), and String theory is essentially the generalization to a sum over 2-D ...
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Is there no fourth dimension (time) in the universe? [closed]

In this article (and numerous others) http://phys.org/news/2011-04-scientists-spacetime-dimension.html and http://www.rebelscience.org/Crackpots/notorious.htm they suggest that there is no time ...
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Hierachies of AdS/CFT holographies

One of the most disturbing aspects of General Relativity is the 'Marble versus Wood' duality of the theory: Matter creates curvature, and curvature doesn't create curvature (at least not directly) ...
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Quantum Field Theory with (2,2) metric

Does someone know some reference which treats QFT in a space with the following non-Lorentzian signature: $g_{\mu\nu}=\text{diag}(-1,-1,1,1)$. I'm interested in basic stuff like the shape of the ...
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Need explanation for a sketch of various spacetime dimensions

I came across this picture/sketch on the internet, however there is no any explanation about it: What is "UNPREDICTIBLE"? "UNSTABLE"? "TOO SIMPLE"? "elliptic", "ultrahyperbolic"??
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Dimension of gamma matrices in higher dimensional Dirac equations

Reading about Dirac's equation in higher dimensional space-times I have read that the gamma matrices are $2^{[D/2]}\times{}2^{[D/2]}$. So, if we have $D=11$, for example, how is this formula supposed ...
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Can “state” be considered a 5th dimension?

I searched for an answer to this question on Google but just found articles that mention either string theory or a 5th dimension in passing (such as Maxwell equations as they relate to Riemann ...
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Our universe the surface of a 4-dimensional sphere?

The cosmic microwave background that we observe uniformly around us is usually explained by assuming that our universe is the surface of a four dimensional sphere. That way the uniformity makes sense ...
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Number of supersymmetric charge and the meaning of $\cal N$

I have been thinking about the definition of the notation $\cal N$ and its relation to the number of supercharges in SUSY, but still feel a little confused. In dimension 2, we usually denote, for ...
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Why dimensionality of the Electric Charge varies with the spacetime dimensions?

The point is: We can find via dimensional analysis that the electric charge dimensionality varies with the dimension of space-time. $$[\text{charge}] = eV^{(3-D)/2}$$(You can see below the way I did ...
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Where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside in multidimensional models of the universe?

In models such as M-theory with 7 'higher dimensions' plus the 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions, where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside ordinally? My reason for asking is TV shows ...
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Quantum entanglement: does it necessarily imply superluminal information transfer? [duplicate]

From what I understand, information is communicated instantly between two quantum-entangled particles regardless of the spatial distance between them. However, does this necessarily imply superluminal ...
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Maxwell's equations of Electromagnetism in 2+1 spacetime dimensions

What would be different in the theory of electromagnetism if instead of considering the equations of Maxwell in 3+1 spacetime dimensions, one would consider 2+1 spacetime dimensions?
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Are subatomic partices n-dimensional hyperspheres or another n-dimensional shape?

This guy derives the formula for the volume of an n-dimensional hypersphere, which can also be found here on the Wikipedia page, and he shows that it is equal to this equation: $V_n = ...
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antimatter moving back in time [duplicate]

This just blew my mind away! I was watching a video about imagining the fourth dimension and the narrator said that little line. Can some people elaborate on this. Also please keep it simple not ...
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Kaluza Klein theories, dilation field, and dimensional reduction

I am reading something about Kaluza Klein theories and compactification. I have some conceptual question: (1) Why do we call the fifth scalar field $\Phi$ the dilation field? Is there any scaling ...
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Pseudo-Riemannian Manifolds with multiple temporal dimensions

Consider a Pseudo-Riemannian Manifold with signature $$ (\underbrace{+,\cdots,+}_p,\underbrace{-,\cdots,-}_q) $$ For any positive integers $p$ and $q$. Can this kind of manifold contain closed ...
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What Does it Mean for an Extra Dimension to Have Size?

Recently I watched this presentation by Brian Greene on string theory. In it he describes how the reason we don't observe the extra dimensions required by string theory could be because they are very ...
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Number of Parameters of Lorentz Group

We embed the rotation group, $SO(3)$ into the Lorentz group, $O(1,3)$ : $SO(3) \hookrightarrow O(1,3)$ and then determine the six generators of Lorentz group: $J_x, J_y, J_z, K_x, K_y, K_z$ from the ...
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Does space curvature automatically imply extra dimensions?

Total newbie with basically no physics knowledge here :) I would welcome any correction to the steps of my reasoning that lead to my question, which could easily turn out to be invalid :) My current ...
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What might be a satisfying criterion to qualify something as having physical existence?

I'm a philosophy undergraduate student who has an interest in, and respect for (as most people do) what physicists know about the world. In philosophy, the traditional criterion of physical ...
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How can one learn to visualize 4 dimensional spacetime?

I was watching Professor Leonard Susskind's lecture on Quantum Entanglements and he said that there are physicists and people who study physics, who 'rewire' themselves so they can visualize 4 ...
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Group analysis forbids band-crossing in 1D?

Group analysis forbids band-crossing in 1D in terms of conventional band theory. I read this in a good solid state physics book. But there's no explanation at all. Can anyone help on this?
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Alternative Critical Dimensions in String Theory

Is it possible to write down a Lagrangian for a string theory with a critical dimension different than the familiar 10 or 26? How could one find a string theory Lagrangian for a given dimension? Could ...
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Could quarks be free in higher-dimensional space than 3D?

Reading this answer, I now wonder: if quarks are confined by $r^2$ potential, could their potential allow infinite motion in higher-dimensional space? To understand why I thought this might be ...
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Ricci scalar higher dimensions

I was wondering if there is a straightforward way to compute the Ricci curvature of a metric that has the form (à la Kaluza-Klein): $g_{MM}\equiv\begin{pmatrix}g_{\mu\nu}&g_{\mu ...
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2 Time Dimensions [duplicate]

Our universe has 4 dimensions, 3 spacial and 1 temporal. We can add another spacial dimension and use math to explore it. I cannot think of any reason why we cannot add add another temporal ...