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I Origin of 3 spatial dimensions

  1. Jun 10, 2017 #1
    A recent post asked "why does physical space need to be 3-dimensional?"

    However, the thread became infected with personal insults and was (properly) closed.
    I felt sorry that PeterDonis, whose posts I respect, was subjected to this abuse !

    I have read several posts which start by assuming that our universe has a certain topology, such as a shell universe.

    Could anyone refer me to paper(s) that postulate a universe which starts with particles thinly spread out in multiple spatial dimensions, 10, 11, or perhaps even Hilbert space, none of the dimensions being degenerate. Then, taking advantage of the instability of orbits for spatial dimensions greater than 3, describes the collapse of matter within this hyper-space into either singularities, or into 3-D sub-manifolds with perhaps varying topologies, for each of which orbits become stable.

    Note that such a paper need not assume that our universe actually started this way, but would be entirely a mathematical exercise.
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  3. Jun 10, 2017 #2


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    I haven't seen any model like this. String theory has models with more dimensions, but I'm not sure they can be described as having matter "collapse" the way you describe.
  4. Jun 27, 2017 #3


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    You might want to look into "string gas cosmology" for an interesting, if speculative, proposal that initially all 9 spatial dimensions were bound up in string. These "winding modes" are able to easily annihilate only in the 3-dimensional subspace, allowing these dimensions to grow to cosmological size while keeping the remaining 6 dimensions compactified.
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