Intellectual Empathy with Ed Walters*1: A Multi-dimensional Travelogue
The emerald flag flashes.
My mind spins out on Speculation’s Speedway.
Losing control, I skid on gleaming whimsy slicks.
Fetid fumes of contradiction daze the weak-kneed as they watch.
Habitually I crash…
Reason’s icy medians, splintered.
Throngs of wide-eyed spectators disperse as racers fight to stay the course.
A single moment’s totality of multi-dimensional knowledge
in a cognitive Gladstone Bag2 beneath my seat.
Thankfully, I have sufficient badassery
Grandstand megaphones belch 1884’s undigested Flatland*3wafers
as geometric genius glows on massive jumbotrons.
Pursuing and pursued,
the racecar takes fallacious turns
causing sonic booms that short circuit my realities.
I am now a distance runner
on another track,
in another space,
chasing Spot, the rabbit
Come with me!
from Alice’s Wonderland*4a,4b
We touch the intangible.
Our reborn palates sample sweet and sour crudités, briny bites, and spicy, bitter herbs.
Peculiar aromatics mesh with sights and sounds of Neversensed
filling atmospheres with pungent postulations.
Diatribes by one-dimensional men*5 punctuate lengthy cadences of Doublespeak*6.
with murmured tomes of aggregate hypotheses, totalitarian politics, and 2020’s nanoworld;7
of fermions, bosons and anyons of hashtag 2D.
We crawl breathlessly through Zeroth’s Void
to point, X,
to line, X,
to square, X times Y, only to realise that
we are simple, two-dimensional cut-outs:
fragile rice paper fragments
with colourless markers
and blue ballpoint pen.
X, Y, Z…when square transmutes to cubic;
We are 3D forms thrust into kaleidoscopes,
whirling ‘round, and ‘round, and ‘round in Magyar’s Czárdás friss.8 [chahr-dahsh fri-is]
We celebrate with colorfulness of joy,
“Confetti to the power of three!”
From cube to tesseract, a 4D tetracube.
X, Y, Z,
I had wondered what would follow Z
and discovered they
had shifted alphabetic gears, moving in reverse towards Cube’s next iteration in ninety degree
Length, width, breadth and trength!9
Elusively Dynamic Inseparable Temporality and Space.
Fourth dimension’s synchronous EDITS
are wrinkling our time!*10
multi-faceted stars in never-ending diagrams.
Nested prisms in perpetual motion have exploded!
A zillion brilliant tetracubes spiral across galaxies of imperceptibility.
We rub our eyes straining to see our 4D transformations through earth-locked 3D lenses.
Let Minkowski Spacetime11 rock us into Nth dimensions!
Wrapped in “Good Vibrations.”12.
Supercharged by Infrared.*13
“Ride Captain Ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed”14
At Odyssey’s next port of call, we’ll disembark.
“Cheers to champagne soul!”15, hoisting a toast before the Fifth Dimension*16
takes us “Up, Up, and Away”17 in phantasmagorical balloons.
Dangling and determined, we grasp ethereal strands of Superstrings;*18,19
Vibrational cascades from 4D and beyond.
Concealed dark matter attempts to pull us down.20
We resist, clinging tightly to serrated tendril waves.
In our distress we ponder past and present particles…where time is not.
Gossamer matrices; spanning, spinning, suspended along otherworldly highways;
to the theory of everything,
the theory of nothing
or intelligent design.
Surfing aeriform spume in extramundane realms.
for the mega something, the big bang,
or the indications of significance.
Swoosh, Swish, Swooshhhhhhhh!
The checkered flag
Voiceless finish lines shriek, “STOP!”
No balloons. No ships.
No rabbit. No track.
No grandstand. No car.
No longer we.
At my feet…
an empty Gladstone Bag.2
Cultural, Literary, and Scientific
1Schepisi, Fred, director, IQ, [film, romantic comedy], Paramount Pictures, 1994. *Ed Walters, a car mechanic, [character] played by Tim Robbins, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110099/ .
2Ellis et al, [article] “History of the Gladstone Bag”,
*Gladstone Bag, a briefcase, doctor’s bag.
3Abbott, Edwin A., Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Illustrated Kindle Edition, 2020 UK. Originally,1884.
4aCarroll, Lewis, (Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865, UK
4bCarroll, Lewis, (Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge), Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, UK, 1871.
5Marcuse, Herbert, One-Dimensional Man, Beacon Press, USA, 1991. Originally,1964.
6Orwell, George, (Blair, Richard), 1984, UK, 1949.
7Castelvecchi, Davide, “Welcome anyons! Physicists find best evidence yet for long-sought 2D structures”, , [article] July 2020, https:/www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01988-0, 2020.
8Editors of Encyclopaedia Brittannica, [article] “Czardas, Hungarian dance”, “Encyclopaedia Brittannica”, 2017. Brittannica.com, [url=https://www.Brittannica.com/art/czardas]https://www.Brittannica.com/art/czardas[/url]. Accessed January 9, 2021.*friss, the fastest segment with dancers’ high-speed spinning.
9English, Trevor, Interesting Engineering, [Article] “Understanding the Fourth Dimension From Our 3D Perspective”, May04, 2017. https://interestingengineering.com/understanding-fourth-dimension-3d-perspective .
10L’Engle, Madeleine, A Wrinkle in Time, Ariel Books, USA, 1982. ,
11Musser, George, Scientific American, [Article] “What is Spacetime?” June 2018. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-spacetime? .
12Wilson, Brian and Love, Mike et al,*“Good Vibrations“ [song], recorded by the Beach Boys, Capital Records, 1966.
13Royal Institute of Technology, [article] “Nanotechnology breakthrough enables conversion of infrared light to energy”, 2019. https://phys.org/news/2019-10-nanotechnology-breakthrough-enables-conversion-infrared.html .
14Visconti, John, Culture Sonar.com, [article] “The One-Hit-Wonder File: Ride Captain Ride”, Jauary 09, 2020.https://www.culturesonar.com/the-one-hit-wonder-file-ride-captain-ride/, “Ride Captain Ride” [song], written by Pinera, Mike and Konte, Skip, recorded by Blues Image, 1970.
15“Champagne Soul”, music style, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_5th_Dimension .
16Fifth Dimension, American vocal group, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_5th_Dimension .
17Web, Jimmy, “Up, Up and Away” [song] recorded by the 5th Dimension, Johnny Rivers Music, Hollywood, California.1967.
18NASA, Imagine the Universe, [Article] “Big Questions: Superstrings” https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/questions/superstring.html .
19Williams, Matt, Universe Today, “Universe of 10 Dimensions”, [article], 2014, httos://phys.org/news/2014-12-universe-dimensions.html .
20Whitlock, Laura, (Project Leader) Starchild, [Article] “Dark Matter” https://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/universe_level2/darkmatter.html .