The Cosmic Cage

Now think of a cheetah that has been captured and thrown into a miserable cage in a zoo. It has lost its original grace and beauty, and is put on display for our amusement. We see only the broken spirit of the cheetah in the cage, not its original power and elegance. The cheetah can be compared to the laws of physics, which are beautiful in their natural setting. The natural habitat of the laws of physics is higher-dimensional space-time. However, we can only measure the laws of physics when they have been broken and placed on display in a cage, which is our three-dimensional laboratory. We only see the cheetah when its grace and beauty have been stripped away. [1]

  1. Kaku, Michio. Hyperspace: a Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension. Oxford University Press, USA, 1994. 13. []

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