Re: Religion, etc.

Peter D. Junger (junger@PDJ2-RA.F-REMOTE.CWRU.EDU)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 15:35:32 -0400

"Jesse S. Cook III" writes:

: The only place that physicists "deal with 10 or more" dimensions is in
: string theory, which is attempting to be a "theory of everything" but so far
: hasn't made it. Physicists certainly do not "routinely" deal with ten or
: more dimensions.

Physicists--and engineers and economists and anyone who uses more than the
most trivial math, for that matter--most certainly do use ten or more
dimensions all the time. On the other hand, I am pretty sure that
super string theory calls for less ten dimensions like up and down and
left and right and so on. The multidimensional systems that are used
by physicists and engineers and anthropologists do not refer to
space/time dimensions.

Thus, for example, legend has it that the Sanitary Engineering
department at Harvard lost its accreditation because it submitted to
the Boston sewer commissioners a commissioned report that began:

The Boston sewer system may be considered to be an n-dimensional
manifold in i-space.

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH