The Fourth Dimension: Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, and Mathematics : Listeners' Notes of Lectures on Higher-dimensional Space and of Questions and Answers on Mathematical Topics

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Anthroposophic Press, 2001 - Mathematics - 238 pages
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The point, line, plane and solid objects represent the first three dimensions, but a kind of reversal of space is involved in the ascent to a fourth dimension. Steiner leads us to the brink of this new perspective as nearly as it can be done with words, diagrams, analogies, and examples of many kinds. In doing so, he continues his lifelong project of demonstrating that our objective, everyday thinking is the lowest rung of a ladder that reaches up to literally infinite heights.
The talks in this series and the selections from the question-and-answer sessions on many mathematical topics over the years are translated into English for the first time in The Fourth Dimension. They bring us to tantalizing new horizons of awareness where Steiner hoped to lead his listeners:
Topics include:
  • The relationship between geometric studies and developing direct perception of spiritual realities
  • How to construct a fourth-dimensional hypercube
  • The six dimensions of the self-aware human being
  • Problems with the theory of relativity
  • The Trinity and angelic hierarchies and their relationship to physical space
  • The dimensional aspect of the spiritual being encountered by Moses on Mt. Sinai
Cover Image credit: Light refracted through a small sample of water while under vibration. From a series of experiments in Cymatics, by Dr. Hans Jenny. Photo from the newly republished edition of Cymatics, vols. I & II, used by permission. (c) 2001 MACROmedia"

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Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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