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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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Some questions regarding $n+m$-dimensional spacetime [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has the concept of non-integer $(n+m)$-dimensional spacetime ever been investigated by theoretical physicists? The following image: serves to aid the reader in ...
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Why a 3D Universe?

The universe as it stands is perceived by us to be 3 dimensional. Why is it that the universe formed into 3D space and not 4D or 5D space for example?
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Are we living in a Universe with 3 time dimensions and 1 spatial dimension? [duplicate]

If I said that we are living in a Universe with 3 time dimensions and 1 spatial dimension, would I be wrong? By that I mean if the spacetime interval was evaluated as ...
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Compactification of dimensions in string theory: Why our Universe has 3 large spatial dimensions?

Is the only way that string theory can respect the principles of quantum mechanics, and Einstein's special theory of relativity, is to formulate it in a hypothetical nine dimensional space? You could ...
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Plausible explanations for 3 large space dimensions

Every now and then I see accounts of models that claim to explain why we experience only 3 large space dimensions (locally, i.e. within cosmic horizons and outside black hole horizons). One such of ...
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Are dimensions a fundamental property of the universe or an emergent result of other physical laws?

Are space-time dimensions a fundamental property of the universe or an emergent result of other physical laws?
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Compactified extra dimensions and symmetry

It's my understanding that M-Theory necessitates 11 space-time dimensions (10 spatial dimensions plus 1 time dimension) in order work mathematically. This appears to jar with reality, which only ...
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How can we be certain our world has only three spatial dimensions? [duplicate]

It's common knowledge that the universe has three spatial dimensions, and one temporal. But how can we be so sure? Physics tells us that vector forces act independently along different dimensions, so ...
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Spacetime has an infinite number of choices for differentiability. Coincidence?

Spacetime can be modelled using a four-dimensional topological manifold. Say we denote the manifold using $(M, \mathcal{O})$ where $\dim M =d$. The structure $(M,\mathcal{O})$ is not sufficient for ...
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Higher dimensions

1) How we determine whether the higher dimensions are Unstable or Unpredictable? Or on the basis of what assumption we make this prediction? (Source of Image: Max Tegmark. See also this Wikipedia ...
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Does time matter?

Aside from the second law of thermodynamics it seems physics just doesn't care about the direction of time. So does time really matter? What if instead of 3 spacial and one time dimension. 3+0 or 3+2....
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Instability of higher dimensional universes

According to superstring theory, there are at least 10 dimensions in the universe (M-theory actually suggests that there are 11 dimensions to spacetime; bosonic string theories suggest 26 dimensions). ...
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Is 3 spatial dimensions most suitable to life? [closed]

As we're 3 dimensional beings, it's easy to say that the 3rd dimension is the most suitable for life, because we have trillions of examples of 3 dimensional life and no examples for any other ...
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2 space and 1 time dimensions [closed]

I know it is impossible to visualise a 3 space and 1 time dimensions. But what about 2 space and 1 time dimensions? Will it be like similar to 3 space dimensions or different? If different will it be ...

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