Reading List – The Fifth Dimension

Reading List – The Fifth Dimension

-Steinar Laenen

After months of secrecy, tooth-gnawing and anticipation, the theme of TEDxAUCollege 2018 has been revealed: The Fifth Dimension

The average reader might feel some qualms, as I did, when hearing about this excessively daunting, seemingly complicated, and mostly vague theme at first. To make you feel more at ease to tackle the subject, I comprised a reading list of books, articles and videos on the topic. Of course, there won’t only be physics professors speaking on the fifth dimension. At TEDxAUCollege, the fifth dimension rather symbolizes the unknown, undefined, and unexplored. This opens the possibility for creative minds with novel and daring ideas from any field to speak at the event, so physicists and non-physicists alike can understand, but most of all enjoy the event!

“The Fifth Dimension: An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm” By John Hick

John Hick has produced a tightly argued and thoroughly readable case for a reality in which a fifth, spiritual dimension plays a central role. In this book, John Hick offers a new exploration of the science-religion debate, together with a discussion of the impact of recent terrorism, in addition to coverage of timeless spiritual issues such as the meaning of life and what makes a saint saintly. Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Gandhi. An unputdownable read!

Kaluza, Klein and Their Story of a Fifth Dimension By David Berman

We must include some physics! This read is an easy and short explanation of a theory from the 1920s that proposed a fifth dimension to unify the gravity and electromagnetic forces. Although it never was widely accepted, it did provide valuable insight into the hunt for quantum gravity…

Discovery of the Fifth Dimension” by Henryk Frystacki

Again, some physics, but in this post Frystacki goes for a more contemporary approach to the fifth dimension. He explains the role of the fifth dimension in string theory eloquently and proposes a fifth dimension that has a role as “extreme acceleration”. Although very speculative, it’s an interesting read!

“Aquarius – Let The Sunshine In – Bubblerock Promo”, by The Fifth Dimension

And finally, a spacey musical exploration of the fifth dimension, to set the mood for pitch night!

Whether we’re trying to reach the fifth dimension spiritually, trying to explain it physically, or just want to enjoy some unique music, in the end it all boils down to pushing the boundaries of our known world. The fifth dimension is an opportunity to embrace what we don’t yet understand in order to go beyond our expectations into the future. By going through the reading list, you’ll be prepared to come to Pitch Night 2018 on the 31st of January at 8PM at the Amsterdam University College academic building, where we will also reveal the location of the main event on March 13th! Be there or be square (or cubed? Or tesseract? Or hyper cubed?)!