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Visualization of multidimensional time
Author(s): Luther A. Tychonievich; Robert P. Burton
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Paper Abstract

Time generally is assumed to be a scalar: it can be sorted, is unidirectional, and has only a single dimension. In this work we demonstrate that vector-valued multidimensional time can be defined meaningfully, simulated efficiently, and visualized in an interactive manner. We present two particular simulations, providing a first look at what hypertime may be "like" from both a physical and a navigational perspective. Although similar in many ways to our experience, mT phenomena also differ from 1T phenomena on a fundamental level. Our visualization framework motivates observations of some of these differences and helps us identify a variety of open tasks that will further our understanding of the characteristics of time, whatever its dimensionality. Together, these results form a basis from which arbitrary space-time dimensionalities can be understood.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8294, Visualization and Data Analysis 2012, 829410 (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.901551
Show Author Affiliations
Luther A. Tychonievich, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Robert P. Burton, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8294:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2012
Pak Chung Wong; David L. Kao; Ming C. Hao; Chaomei Chen; Robert Kosara; Mark A. Livingston; Jinah Park; Ian Roberts, Editor(s)

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