[olug] Number systems (was Drill Press)

Ed Pluta epluta3 at cox.net
Wed Oct 28 17:26:09 UTC 2009

---- Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote: 
> Someone wrote:
> >You can't think of 1 as multi dimensional thing.  If 1 is a
> > value as distance from the origin it should be circular in 2 dimensions not
> > a square.
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 15:23, Ed Pluta <epluta3 at cox.net> wrote:
> > Kinda confused here. Are you making the case that one is a non-dimensional
> > thing or that it is dimensionless unless it is used as a measure of distance or change?
> The only common "1D" measurement I can come up with is "Time".  You
> have forward and back (i.e. tomorrow, or 2 hours ago)...
> Dan
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According to Einstein, Time can be affected by gravity and is actually another dimension of the physical universe.

Time cannot be one dimensional. It would assume it is not moving, or your perspective of the object being observed is not changing; it's a relative thing. Time is actually a measurement, or difference, from some origin. Using your example, tomorrow is a change in the variable T on a graph. The value of the change is 1 day. Not sure what the other axis is (I think it's space, which gives it 4 dimensions) but one variable is moving, thus you have at least a line, and a multi-dimensional equation. In other words try to graph a change in time using just one dot. It can't be done.

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