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I was fifteen when my Maths teacher gave me a book to read. I devoured it. I somehow lost the original copy, but a few years later I found myself in a second-hand book store in Norwich, England … and there it was. No hesitation. The book was purchased and has been with me ever since. (Well relatively speaking, it is actually in a Californian storage unit in one of three bankers boxes that hold my entire physical collection. But that’s a different story.)
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
~ Einstein … I think!
True. Here are more things that don’t always help;
Looking through ‘different lenses’
Putting ‘new filters on the glasses’
Viewing things from a ‘different angle’
It’s as clear as if it was written on a wall …
… solutions occasionally arrive as if through observation from an alternate dimension.
Maybe the Tesseract is the solution we need?
“Either this is madness or it is Hell.” “It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of the Sphere, “it is Knowledge; it is Three Dimensions: open your eye once again and try to look steadily.”
~ Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin Abbott Abbott (‘sic’ - but that is yet another different story) was an English educator, theologian and mathematician, best known for publishing Flatland in 1884. It is both a satirical review of Victorian culture and a mathematical treatise exploring dimensions. It also highlights the difficulty of understanding that which we have no experience of, particularly when your mind is closed.
Don’t be put off, I was given (and read) the book at 15, it can’t be that hard!
My point is that we all hit roadblocks at one time or another. Your differentiation comes from how you get around it. It might require new glasses, filters or maybe even some ‘out of the box’ thinking … it doesn’t always need extra dimensions.
But when it does, know that it is only half the battle. Now you need to get others on board.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
~ Upton Sinclair
And that’s the problem I have been trying to solve on a number of fronts this past few weeks.
Bonus Tesseract Links
The Band TesseracT - Live In Lockdown (No dated musical references here!)
The Tesseract in Marvel Comics (Samuel J)
The Rotating Tesseract (Mind-Bending Video)
The Maths of A Tesseract (Quora)
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