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4th dimension

Flowing Data sponsored a challenge for readers to visualize a dataset on immigration… there were many excellent graphed entries but I¬†thought this entry was superb for showing complex data sets…

Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 from Ian S on Vimeo.

~~~~ “In physics and mathematics, a sequence of n numbers can be understood as a location in an n-dimensional space. When n = 4, the set of all such locations is called 4-dimensional space, or, colloquially, the fourth dimension.

Such a space differs from the familiar 3-dimensional space that we live in, in that it has an extra dimension, an extra degree of freedom. This extra dimension may be interpreted either as time, or as a literal fourth dimension of space, a fourth spatial dimension.” ~~~~

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