> 4D Maze Game

  The Idea
  In the Maze
> Notes

  The Fourth Dimension
> Can You See It?
  The Tesseract
  The Tesseract, Part Two
  The Hexadecachoron
  How Much Space Is There?
  How to Point
  How to Orient Yourself
  Walls Are Opaque
  Some Mathematics

Can You See It?

When I had the idea for the game, I got all excited I'd always wanted to be able to visualize four-dimensional objects, and I figured that at last I'd found the key. I'd play the game, and get used to seeing and moving around in a real four-dimensional world, and then one day, all of a sudden, I'd really see it.

That hasn't happened yet, unfortunately. I can move around pretty well, and reorient myself when I get disoriented, and I understand many aspects of the maze world in an abstract way, but I still can't put it all together in my head.

So, I can't give informed advice on how to visualize four-dimensional objects. Nevertheless, I do have some thoughts.

  • Read the rest of the notes. They are the fruit of my attempts to understand what the four-dimensional world is like.
  • Be aware of the three-dimensionality of the retina. Pay particular attention to the in and out directions and to the volumes.
  • Move slowly. I can't recognize the volumes when they're changing quickly, so sometimes I use the motion options to slow things down.
  • Explore a small area in detail. Running around all over the place is fun, I'll admit, but I've never learned anything from it. If you find a place you like, you might want to save the game so you can come back to it.
  • Try different things. (That's why there are lots of options!)



  See Also

  How Much Space Is There?
  How to Orient Yourself
  Some Mathematics