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In such a universe, the particles and forces we are familiar with are anchored to a four-dimensional membrane, or "brane", with three dimensions of space and one of time. Crucially, the brane floats in a higher dimensional space-time called the bulk, which we are normally completely oblivious to.
Originally posted by Americanist
reply to post by Maxmars
Now make an educated guess... What's the purpose and shape of the 4th dimension?
Perhaps it accommodates the range of the infinitesimal to the infinite without three dimensional constraints, rendering a solid object from our perspective to be in constant infinite motion. Or to occupy the totality of space-time as a framework of reality.... "...always in motion, the future is..." "... the capacity to fold space..." "...the avalanche has begun, it is too late for the pebbles to vote...."
Originally posted by SirMike
I think the cart is a bit in front of the horse on this one … lets wait for some verification of the results before we proclaim relativity dead. If I had to guess, I would say we are dealing with an instrument error rather than a rewriting of the known physical laws of the universe.