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Hinton Cubes

Hinton Cubes



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Instructions in making Hinton cubes (see The Fourth Dimension by C.H. Hinton for their use)
Instructions in making Hinton cubes (see The Fourth Dimension by C.H. Hinton for their use)

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Published by: Celephaïs Press / Unspeakable Press (Leng) on May 22, 2008
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“Hinton cubes” are a visualisation aid developed by the mathematician Charles H.Hinton to assist in visualising four-dimensional objects. Their use is fullydescribed in the first appendix to
The Fourth Dimension
(London: SwannSonnenschien, 1904; various reprints). The full set consists of eighty-one simplecubes, an inch or so along a side, each in one of sixteen colours according to thescheme explained in cap. XI-XII of 
The Fourth Dimension
. In addition to thesethe set should also contain twenty-seven “slabs,” flat coloured square pieces aboutan inch square, their thickness purely dependent on the material used since theyare to be used to represent, by analogy, how a representation of a three-dimensional object could be built up in two dimensions; and finally, twelve multi-coloured “catalogue cubes.”The catalogue cubes are coloured according to the scheme shown in the figure“Views of the Tesseract” on the next page (this is a reconstruction of the colourplate from
The Fourth Dimension
, execrably reproduced as a black and whitephotocopy in the Kessinger reprint). In fact, the views in that plate may besubstituted for the catalogue cubes if one is able to mentally rotate the images asrequired.For the simple cubes, obtain 81 1” or so wooden or plastic cubes and paintaccording to the following scheme:
 16 (“Null”) 4 (Orange)8 (White) 4 (Light blue)8 (Yellow) 4 (Pink)8 (Red) 2 (Brown)8 (Blue) 2 (Light purple)4 (Light yellow) 2 (Ochre)4 (Purple) 2 (Light green)4 (Green) 1 (Light brown)
To make the “slabs”; either print out in colour the page immediately following theviews of the tesseract, cut out the two blocks of 27 squares and paste either side of a 3” by 9” piece of heavy card, then cut up into the individual squares; or painteach of a set of 27 1” squares of heavy card, hardboard, or whatever, in the colourscheme indicated.To make the catalogue cubes, either print out in colour the four pages of nets, cutout, back onto card, fold and glue together; or alternatively, obtain twelve solidcubes and paint according to the scheme indicated.
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