Monday, 18 October 2010

Coming soon: the Rubik's Tesseract.

Meanwhile, exciting news from the twin worlds of toys and theoretical mathematics:



A 4D puzzle! Because after all, 3D is really in right now, and 4D - well, that must be one better! I wonder what the fourth dimension in which this eighteen piece plastic model of a clownfish exists is? Hopefully, the makers mean that they have discovered a method of imbuing this plastic fish with an extra coordinate axis, orthogonal to the other three, allowing it to inhabit a  previously purely abstract geometric reality, all whilst maintaining its famously Highy Detailed Finish. On the other hand I'll be a bit disappointed if it just means that the fish exists in time. Like the Archers.

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Mags said...

Well, I went on the website for the company. Still no info about what 4D means but I did learn that the "Toys had been sold through various channels, including fast food shops (e.g. KFC & HARDEES)".

Thinking about it the 4 in 4D probably means that the insides have a puzzle element. So the blocks aren't flat on the inside. Not necessary on a clownfish but if you are building the 'Bell Rock' Lighthouse then yeah.

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I suspect that this puzzle has fallen through a fracture in the space-time continuum from, let us say, 14 February 1971, and the puzzling hieroglyph 4D is actually the price: fourpence. A bargain, leaving enough change from a shiny shilling for a slab of Fry's 5 Boys, a whistle and Saturday morning at the pictures.

Nicole said...

I don't think I want to see this fish in the 4th D. I mean, what will those high details be like?

Richard O. Smith said...

I used to have a 4D fish but it got eaten by Schrodinger’s cat.

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SebiMeyer said...

The 4D aspect of it is that it falls apart before you even can get started.

BJ Yang said...

ITIS... I just can't seem to picture what 4D is. I remember hearing from somewhere about how if an object of 3D passes though 2D, then in the second dimension, all that is seen is a 2D representation of the 3D object. The example used was that if a spherical ball was passed through 2D space, all that would be seen in the 2D space is a circle. From that, I assume if an object of 4D passes through 3D space, isn't all that we will see is a 3D object?

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Frank said...

If it's 4d does that mean time is part of the puzzle like why would you spend any time on it?

Dragan Fly said...

Good find. Though I wonder, is it a collectible item in our universe or that 4th dimension verse?

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Sarah said...

The fish exists on a surreal level, where it changes light bulbs.

The other Sarah said...

^^^ not the other Sarah, this Sarah. :)

This Sarah said...

Err.... did I mean this Sarah, not the other Sarah?? confused now.

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