The Fourth Dimension

Charles Howard HINTON (1853 - 1907)

"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)

Genre(s): Mathematics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface; Chapter 1 - Four Dimensional Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 02 Chapter 2 - The Analogy of a Plane World Peter Yearsley
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Play 03 Chapter 3 - The Significance of a Fourth Dimensional Existence Peter Yearsley
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Play 04 Chapter 4, part 1 - The First Chapter in the History of Four Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 05 Chapter 4, part 2 - The First Chapter in the History of Four Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 06 Chapter 5, part 1 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 07 Chapter 5, part 2 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 08 Chapter 5, part 3 - The Second Chapter in the History of Four Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 09 Chapter 6, part 1 - The Higher World Peter Yearsley
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Play 10 Chapter 6, part 2 - The Higher World Peter Yearsley
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Play 11 Chapter 7 - The Evidence for a Fourth Dimension Peter Yearsley
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Play 12 Chapter 8, part 1 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought Peter Yearsley
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Play 13 Chapter 8, part 2 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought Peter Yearsley
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Play 14 Chapter 8, part 3 - The Use of Four Dimensions in Thought Peter Yearsley
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Play 15 Chapter 9, part 1 - Application to Kant's Theory of Experience Peter Yearsley
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Play 16 Chapter 9, part 2 - Application to Kant's Theory of Experience Peter Yearsley
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Play 17 Chapter 10, part 1 - A Four-Dimensional Figure Peter Yearsley
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Play 18 Chapter 10, part 2 - A Four-Dimensional Figure Peter Yearsley
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Play 19 Chapter 11, part 1 - Nomenclature and Analogies ... Peter Yearsley
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Play 20 Chapter 11, part 2 - Nomenclature and Analogies ... Peter Yearsley
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Play 21 Chapter 12 - The Simplest Four-Dimensional Solid Peter Yearsley
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Play 22 Chapter 13, part 1 - Remarks on the Figures Peter Yearsley
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Play 23 Chapter 13, part 2 - Remarks on the Figures Peter Yearsley
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Play 24 Chapter 14, part 1 - A Recapitulation and Extension of the Physical Argument Peter Yearsley
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Play 25 Chapter 14, part 2 - A Recapitulation and Extension of the Physical Argument Peter Yearsley
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Play 26 Appendix 1, part 1 - The Models Peter Yearsley
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Play 27 Appendix 1, part 2 - The Models Peter Yearsley
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Play 28 Appendix 2, part 1 - A Language of Space Peter Yearsley
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Play 29 Appendix 2, part 2 - A Language of Space Peter Yearsley
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