# Planetary and atomic systems in N dimensions

#### black_squirrel

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Suppose that a human head is a sphere with the bone thickness 10% of the radius of the
head. Find the fraction of the volume of the head occupied by the brain. Make a similar estimate (forget about factors of pi) in the N-dimensional space (d = N) in the limit N -> infinity.

For the existence of life of our type we must have atomic and planetary systems. Do stable atomic and planetary systems exist for d > 3? We also need to have free particles like electrons moving far away from atoms (for conductivity, and to have ions). Can we have them for d < 3?

3. The attempt at a solution

finding fraction of volume is simple but I don't know how you'd go about making an estimate in the N-dimensional space. would it just be r^N instead of r^3 in the volume?

For the second part, i'm not even sure what the question is trying to get at. I was thinking maybe Gauss law could be used to say that the field of charge is inversely proportional to the area of N-1 dimensional sphere surrounding it. Still that doesn't take me anywhere...any suggestions?

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#### Bill Foster

1 dimention: a line $$x$$
2 dimensions: a square $$x^2$$
3 dimensions: a cube $$x^3$$
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N dimentions: ? $$x^N$$

#### black_squirrel

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