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Introduced me to the "tesseract."

Took years before I realized they were talking about a hypercube.

They used the term as a verb in the novel to indicate the act of traveling interdimensionally.

Even shorted it to "tesser."

That was pretty dumb, but I enjoyed the book anyway.

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I think she did it intentionally. I had no idea what it was because I was between K and 6th grade and it was a form of math I wasn't even aware of yet. But I do remember it being the first time I became interested in the concept of a fourth dimension. I can't remember the physical description of the tesseract in the book, but i do remember the father found it and that was how he slipped in to the tesseract or wormwhole. Anyways I think it was done purposely to spark the interest in kids. It was a great book.

Is it one of the books they make kids read in school?

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Yep, fifth grade for me.
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I think she did it intentionally. I had no idea what it was because I was between K and 6th grade and it was a form of math I wasn't even aware of yet. But I do remember it being the first time I became interested in the concept of a fourth dimension. I can't remember the physical description of the tesseract in the book, but i do remember the father found it and that was how he slipped in to the tesseract or wormwhole. Anyways I think it was done purposely to spark the interest in kids. It was a great book.

I didn't know what it was either. Years later I learned about hypercubes.

One day, while looking into hypercubes, I found out that they are also called tesseracts. I recognized the word (and felt a wierd sense of deja vu.)

Is it one of the books they make kids read in school?

When I was a kid in K-6, there were no books that we "had to" read.

We were too busy learning new-fangled technology - like fire and napped flint.

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Gee, what a boring ass world it would be without the likes of us messed up whack job psycho arrogant motherfuckers who DONT BUY INTO EVERYTHING. Risata

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I didn't know what it was either. Years later I learned about hypercubes.

One day, while looking into hypercubes, I found out that they are also called tesseracts. I recognized the word (and felt a wierd sense of deja vu.)


When I was a kid in K-6, there were no books that we "had to" read.

We were too busy learning new-fangled technology - like fire and napped flint.

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I'm surprised you didn't look it up right away in a dictionary. How could you read the entire book without wondering what the word meant? I could swear I sensed a certain ambiguity about the word which compelled me to do so. I'm actually kind of fascinated by it because you strike me as the type that wouldn't be satisfied by simply not knowing. As much as one can through type written words I suppose.

If I had to venture a guess at your age, I'd say half a century young. Definitely a quest for fire.

Edited by baudmiksen, 17 June 2012 - 10:10 PM.


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Interesting Ideas here.

Come to the Light side. There's No Medals For Stumbling Around In The Dark Is There...Forgive The Darkside, For They Know Not What They Do.

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I'm surprised you didn't look it up right away in a dictionary. How could you read the entire book without wondering what the word meant? I could swear I sensed a certain ambiguity about the word which compelled me to do so. I'm actually kind of fascinated by it because you strike me as the type that wouldn't be satisfied by simply not knowing. As much as one can through type written words I suppose.

I was an extremely avid reader. I assumed, similar to many other authors I'd read by 4th grade, that the author had made the word up.

I've never owned a dictionary

If I had to venture a guess at your age, I'd say half a century young. Definitely a quest for fire.

I'll be 56 in human years at the end of August.

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56 and still missing the point. Send me a PM you will be shocked as to the simplicity. On the other hand it may cause you to revert into a paganistic flurry of antagonistic rhetoric. :)
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I said 56 in human years.

I haven't missed any points. In fact, no actual points appear to have been made here.


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I was an extremely avid reader. I assumed, similar to many other authors I'd read by 4th grade, that the author had made the word up.

I've never owned a dictionary


I'll be 56 in human years at the end of August.

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Thats actually a perfectly reasonable explanation.

I remember much of my early reading being done in the school library. They had dictionaries close by. I was comparing it to my own experience. Tis why I asked.




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