Monday, December 24, 2007

A Wrinkle in Time - In Memoriam Madeleine L'Engle

At the end of the year magazines are full of memorials to those we have lost during that year. This year marked the passing at age 88 of author Madeleine L'Engle, who, among other things, provided a wonderfully accessible introduction to the fourth dimension in her children's book A Wrinkle in Time. The clip above is of a tesseract, a fourth dimensional "cube." To see a better image (and one that also that rotates continuosly) click here. I'll put up a post in the future with a bit more explanation of the tesseract. For now, enjoy the image in memory of Madeleine L'Engle and her wonderful stories.


nethe said...

That´s cool, Heidi! That tesseract swirling is hypnotic!
Also loved the "Carl Segan´s Cosmos - Tesseract" video that was sort of linked to the first video. An explanation to something that we can´t really rap out 3D minds around! Cool!

Heidi said...

Yes, we (my boy and I) came across Sagan too while putting this up. He gives a good explanation.

Believe it or not TWO movies have been made about this topic this year - both based on Edwin Abbot's book Flatland! I guess it is an idea whose time has come!