5D is where everything happens?

Higher-dimensional geometry (previously "Polyshapes").

5D is where everything happens?

Postby wintersolstice » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:04 pm

A lot of things seem to happen in 5D:

1) There's only 3 regular polytopes in 5D and above

2) there infinitly many Johnson polytopes in 5D and above (cartesian product of polygons to the Johnson solids and above)

3) the demicube ceases to be regular in 5D and is the only dimension where it is semiregular (regular faceted)

4)the unit-radius hypersphere is at maximum volume in a dmension between 5 and 6 but in whole numbers 5 is the largest size.

5) uncomfirmed: the sausage conjecture states that in 5D and above the comvex hull of any number of hypersheres is smallest when they're arranged in a line (i.e. when the convex hull is a sausage)

what else?
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Re: 5D is where everything happens?

Postby quickfur » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:55 am

wintersolstice wrote:[...]5) uncomfirmed: the sausage conjecture states that in 5D and above the comvex hull of any number of hypersheres is smallest when they're arranged in a line (i.e. when the convex hull is a sausage)

what else?

This is an old topic, but I just noticed something funny today. The sausage conjecture is currently only proven for dimensions n≥42, even though the conjecture itself is stated for n≥5. In Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the answer to "life, the universe, and everything" is (humorously) computed to be 42. Upon which, the baffled protagonists embark on a quest to find out what the question was (since "life, the universe, and everything" isn't really a question per se). Now, thanks to this forum, we know what the question was: it was "What's the smallest dimension for which the Sausage Conjecture was proven to be true?" :P
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