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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Time in 3D by Harrison Saunders [refresh]
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Harrison Saunders wrote on Sep. 17, 2008 @ 13:35 GMT
Essay Abstract

In large part because of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, we generally speak of SpaceTime as consisting of three dimensions of Space and one of Time. This somewhat arbitrary convention may unfairly confer on Time a secondary status in the relationship. This essay suggests that Time can be divided into three dimensions roughly analogous to the dimensions of Space. While the linear "Arrow of Time" is a standard model of Time, perhaps it is just one aspect or "dimension" of this confounding aspect of the universe. Certainly and "instant" in Time correlates to a point in Space (the zero dimension). Other dimensions involving distance and entropy may also be delineated, establishing Time as more than just the "tacked-on fourth dimension" of SpaceTime.

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Harrison Saunders, 59, is a Creative Director at HC&B Healthcare Communications, an Austin advertising agency specializing in healthcare products, therapies and services. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he holds degrees in English and Radio-Television-Film. His interest in fundamental principles of the universe dates from his college days, and his knowledge of physics and cosmology is self-acquired. He is married, with a son just graduated from high school and embarking on his own voyage of discovery.

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Ken Sasaki. wrote on Dec. 5, 2008 @ 07:55 GMT
Dear Mr. Saunders:

Thank you for your very innovative essay.

I am not entirely sure that I understood everything correctly; however, it seems that you are taking different measures of time (as related to position, through velocity, and as related to entropy) and assigning them different dimensions. If I am correct, then I imagine that there are situations in which your ideas would be useful.

However, I think that there is a difference, between various measures of time and the dimensions of space. In general, there need not be a correlation between positions, along the different dimensions of space; but I think that there is always a correlation between all of the measures of time. Put another way, position, along any one spatial dimension, generally need not be a function of position, along any other; however, I think that any measure of time can always be stated as a function of any other measure of time. I am not totally sure about this, but I hope you find the thought useful.

Good luck in your further investigations.

Take care,

Ken.




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