The Fourth Dimension


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.8 stars; 5 reviews)

"Mr Hinton tries to explain the theory of the fourth dimension so that the ordinary reasoning mind can get a grasp of what metaphysical mathematicians mean by it. If he is not altogether successful, it is not from want of clearness on his part, but because the whole theory comes as such an absolute shock to all one's preconceived ideas" - The Bristol Times (quoted within the book).

This book was published in 1912. The author is attempting to communicate a very complex interweaving of philosophy and mathematics, and it is often difficult to follow his train of thought. However, it is hard to refute his idea of a four dimensional universe passing through and, in a way, creating our three dimensional one.

For sections 1-9, the reader attempted to describe the illustrations in the text, but as the pictures were getting more complex, a separate PDF file of illustrations was created, copied from the pages of the book. It can be downloaded from the catalog page on archive.org or via the link "Extracted illustrations of the book" on the left side below. (Summary by Peter Yeasley) (9 hr 5 min)

Chapters

Preface; Chapter 1 - Four Dimensional Space 13:15 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 2 - The Analogy of a Plane World 21:06 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 3 - The Significance of a Fourth Dimensional Existence 15:40 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 4, part 1 - The First Chapter in the History of Four Space 21:23 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 4, part 2 - The First Chapter in the History of Four Space 19:00 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 5, part 1 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space 11:22 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 5, part 2 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space 19:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 5, part 3 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space 14:56 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 6, part 1 - The Higher World 17:04 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 6, part 2 - The Higher World 16:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 7 - The Evidence for a Fourth Dimension 18:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 8, part 1 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought 14:02 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 8, part 2 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought 13:50 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 8, part 3 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought 16:34 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 9, part 1 - Application to Kant's Theory of Experience 14:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 9, part 2 - Application to Kant's Theory of Experience 17:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 10, part 1 - A Four-Dimensional Figure 12:39 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 10, part 2 - A Four-Dimensional Figure 10:32 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 11, part 1 - Nomenclature and Analogies ... 16:34 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 11, part 2 - Nomenclature and Analogies ... 17:41 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 12 - The Simplest Four-Dimensional Solid 35:29 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 13, part 1 - Remarks on the Figures 26:42 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 13, part 2 - Remarks on the Figures 22:15 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 14, part 1 - A Recapitulation and Extension of the Physical Argument 27:15 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 14, part 2 - A Recapitulation and Extension of the Physical Argument 30:45 Read by Peter Yearsley
Appendix 1, part 1 - The Models 12:58 Read by Peter Yearsley
Appendix 1, part 2 - The Models 20:46 Read by Peter Yearsley
Appendix 2, part 1 - A Language of Space 27:05 Read by Peter Yearsley
Appendix 2, part 2 - A Language of Space 18:41 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

Another Yearsley Classic!

(5 stars)

Only the master narrator, Peter the Great, can knock this one so far out of the park it smashes the Fourth Dimension!!