Stepping beyond our 3-D world

January 18, 2016

Since the dawn of time, humans have endeavoured to unravel the laws governing the physical world around us. Over centuries we have tried to discover a Theory of Everything.

Possible candidates for this cachet, such as String Theory and Grand Unified Theory, require higher dimensions or higher-dimensional symmetries, for instance ten dimensions, despite their radical difference from the world we actually experience.

One such symmetry – known as E8 – exists in eight dimensions and is the largest symmetry without counterparts in every dimension and is therefore called exceptional. It features prominently in String Theory and Grand Unified Theory.

Now a University of York scientist has constructed E8 for the first time, along with other exceptional 4D symmetries, in the 3D space we inhabit. Dr Pierre-Philippe Dechant, of the Departments of Mathematics and Biology at York, has created these exceptional symmetries essentially as 3D phenomena in disguise.

This new view of the exceptional geometries has the potential to open large areas of mathematics and physics up for reinterpretation. The research is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

Dr Dechant, who is also a member of the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, developed a unique combination of working with the Platonic root systems for applications in mathematical virology and an unusual Clifford algebraic approach, to lay the foundation for this fundamental new insight.

The construction of E8, which is fundamental to String Theory and Grand Unified Theory, using the 3D geometry of the icosahedron – a polyhedron with 20 faces—is ground-breaking and completely against the prevailing eight-dimensional view. It was made possible by the fact that 3D geometric quantities (points, lines, planes, volumes) in the Clifford algebra approach actually themselves form an eight-dimensional space.

He said: "Usually when one argues for higher-dimensional theories one considers them as fundamental, and we might only experience a part of this whole structure in our 3D world. The results of this paper completely subvert this by showing that these `obscure' higher-dimensional symmetries actually have `space' to fit into the 3D geometry of our natural world.

"This was made possible by my unusual position of working on the symmetries of viruses whilst having a mathematical physics background and is thus a unique inspiration of mathematical biology back into mathematical physics."

Explore further: Platonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analogues

More information: Pierre-Philippe Dechant. The birth of out of the spinors of the icosahedron , Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2015.0504

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5 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2016
Can someone with physics background shed a little light on this? It sounds like they found a new mathematical relationship to use to explain physics, but it seems really vague. Are they saying that they found new math that supports the existence of 8 dimensions to create our 4 dimensional world? Hard to understand...
2 / 5 (4) Jan 18, 2016
New ideas for interactions and particles: This paper examines the possibility to origin the Spontaneously Broken Symmetries from the Planck Distribution Law. This way we get a Unification of the Strong, Electromagnetic, and Weak Interactions from the interference occurrences of oscillators. Understanding that the relativistic mass change is the result of the magnetic induction we arrive to the conclusion that the Gravitational Force is also based on the electromagnetic forces, getting a Unified Relativistic Quantum Theory of all 4 Interactions.

2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 18, 2016
It's BS, intellectual masturbation. Not even close to physics since we still have not corrected modern physics.
Jan 18, 2016
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2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 18, 2016
Can anyone explain to me, why someone continually posts about Vaccum-Mechanics (ie Arom) year after year after fecking year????? On every fecking post?? I mean that takes some dedication right?? Even when he is banned they come back as another person. WTF??? What's the motivation behind that????
Pity Arom wouldn't go and post ANTI ISIS propaganda. Imagine how pissed off they would get if Arom was posting on their sites everyday!!!! Go do something useful Arom, go hassle THEM about Vacuum Mechanics!!!!
5 / 5 (1) Jan 19, 2016
It is possible to make squares out of circles and cubes out of spheres. However, this requires numerous various sizes, many of which may not be present in our universe. Also, everything is in motion at the atomic level. Not a likely methodology for a theory of everything.
1 / 5 (2) Jan 19, 2016
EXPLINATION! By, Dr. Tim Haken
Within the concept of, String Theory, there are 11 mathematically described dimensions so in order to achieve a physical image in the brain, one could think of playing a 3 layer chess game. The board itself does not interact with another board, so they can exist within one universe, but the pieces must follow their law of movement between the boards. Now imagine 11 of these chess boards occupying the same space, but we can only see the pieces as they migrate between 3 boards, because this is what mother nature gave us to exist in our world!!!
5 / 5 (1) Jan 23, 2016
krundoloss5 Jan 18, 2016
"Can someone with physics background shed a little light on this?"

I'm not the guy to answer that question neither are the kooks who have spouted off their pet quackery. Could a real physicist or mathematician, someone with a relevant doctorate, please answer krundoloss.

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