See in 4D and other cool visual stuff….

August 5th, 2004 | by ian |

This site answers the age old question: “How Does One Obtain the Ability to ‘See’ in Four Spatial Dimensions?”

Also in the do it yourself category, make your own posters with the Rasterbator: “Welcome to the Rasterbator – NOW IN COLOR!The Rasterbator is a web service which creates huge rasterized pictures out of relatively small image files.”

Finally an interesting application of an impressive 3D visualization tool: base26 shows a map of 4 letter words that you can navigate, sorted at the top of the graph by the first letter of the word. Why are words starting with “K” so different in distribution that those starting with “O”? If you have any explanations I would love to know.

  1. 2 Responses to “See in 4D and other cool visual stuff….”

  2. By Anonymous on Aug 15, 2004 | Reply

    To answer the k vs. o question, might I suggest you look to the other vowels? I imagine it has something to do with the fact that vowels and consonants have different impacts on letter order in the english language: while you don’t often find two vowels together at the beginning of a word, consonants aren’t quite so picky… : )
    It also has something to do with the words they’ve plotted – I mean, they could easily have stacked the thing with words like oasis, oath, oedipal, oil, ointment, ooze, and oubliette, but they didn’t. So you’ve got a clumpy graph, because they restricted the secondary letter.
    Not much of a mystery… : )

  3. By nudecybot on Aug 15, 2004 | Reply

    Great point, with the exception of the little used letters a quick browse shows that the vowels are indeed much more restricted in 4-letter-word space than consonants.

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