AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in particle physics from Oklahoma State University. Dr. McMullen currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. His background on the geometry and physics of a possible fourth dimension of space includes a half-dozen research papers on the prospects of discovering large extra dimensions at the Large Hadron Collider.
DESCRIPTION: While Volume 1 covered the geometry of extra dimensions in detail, Volume 2 focuses on the physics of extra string-inspired dimensions. Consider the problem and solution of expressing the cross product in higher dimensions. See the effect that the extra flux of field lines has on Gauss's law in higher dimensions. Explore how extra dimensions may be hidden via compactification. Discover the recent motivation for the case of extra dimensions that are much larger than originally predicted by string theory. Read about current and upcoming experiments with the potential to detect the presence of large extra dimensions in our universe. Learn the fundamentals of special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory, and how these relate to extra dimensions... All on this visual introduction to the fourth and higher dimensions. This guide is conceptually and visually detailed, intended for mathematically-minded readers who may have t yet been exposed to calculus.
PUZZLES: Several puzzles are included to challenge the reader to contemplate the fourth dimension. Answers are included at the back of the book.
Chris McMullen is a physics instructor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He earned his Ph.D. in phenomenological high-energy physics (particle physics) from Oklahoma State University in 2002. Originally from California, he earned his Master's degree from California State University, Northridge, where his thesis was in the field of electron spin resonance. He has published several papers on the prospects for discovering large superstring-inspired extra dimensions at the Large Hadron Collider, which is his area of specialization. Dr. McMullen published The Visual Guide to Extra Dimensions, Volumes 1 and 2, to share his passion for the geometry and physics of the fourth dimension. He also wrote these books, Full-Color Illustrations of the Fourth Dimension, Volumes 1 and 2, to help illustrate the geometry of a fourth dimension of space. Dr. McMullen was fascinated with a fourth dimension of space when he first read Rudy Rucker's introduction to the subject during high school. He happened to be working on his Ph.D. in particle physics when Arkani-Hamed, Dimopoulos, and Dvali wrote a famous technical paper motivating large superstring-inspired extra dimensions, which transformed the subject of the fourth dimension from philosophy to a plausibly experimental science. Dr. McMullen has published these general-audience books on the fourth dimension to share his passion for the math and physics of extra dimensions. One of his favorite sayings is: May your contemplation of a fourth dimension of space enhance the dimensionality of your thoughts.