Jeans, Sir James - The Mysterious Universe - Eggs and Bubbles
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Sir James Jeans – The Mysterious Universe
A 2 dimensional analogy of an area may help. Surfaces such as a cricket field or the skin of our hand are 2 dimensional continua; the analogies of the distortions produced by gravitating masses are mole hills or blisters.
The cricket ball which rolls over a mole hill is drawn off from its rectilinear motion like a comet or a ray of light passing the sun. And the combined distortions of the .. continuum produced by all the matter in the universe cause [it] to bend back on itself to form a closed surface, so that space becomes finite
A soap bubble with irregularities and corrugations on its surface is perhaps the best representation in terms of simple and familiar materials of the new universe revealed to us by the theory of relativity. The universe is not the interior of the soap bubble but its surface and we must always remember that while the surface of the soap bubble has only 2 dimensions, the universe bubble has three dimensions of space and one of ‘time’