The Popular View of Extra Dimensions

  • Itzhak Bars
  • John Terning
Part of the Multiversal Journeys book series (MVJ)


The possible existence of extra dimensions of space is one of the few topics of fundamental physics research that is deeply embedded in popular culture. When he was 4 years old, my son found a comic in a bubble gum wrapper that showed a boy wearing two sets of 3-dimensional glasses: the boy was trying to find the sixth dimension. So even 4-year olds know about extra dimensions. There is currently a TV show where characters routinely enter another dimension by stepping through “dimensional rifts.” People of my age will remember a popular singing group from the 1960s called “The Fifth Dimension.” A very popular TV show from the 1950s, “The Twilight Zone,” started with the words “You unlock this door with a key of imagination, beyond it is another dimension…”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts & SciencesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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