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Book Title: And He Built a Crooked House|
The author of the book: Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: The Heinlein Archives
Date of issue: February 1940
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A very early Heinlein short story, this tells the tale of a mathematics-minded architect who has an idea to build a house based upon a tesseract.
No doubt many science fiction readers said something like “ah! a tesseract, RAH is having fun with a fourth dimension.”
Down at the shallow end of the gene pool, amidst the knuckle draggers, the Cheetos eaters and the liberal arts majors, I nodded noncommittally and went to my friends at Wikipedia and found this helpful guide:
"In geometry, the tesseract is the four-dimensional analog of the cube; the tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square. Just as the surface of the cube consists of 6 square faces, the hypersurface of the tesseract consists of 8 cubical cells. The tesseract is one of the six convex regular 4-polytopes.
The tesseract is also called an 8-cell, C8, (regular) octachoron, octahedroid, cubic prism, and tetracube (although this last term can also mean a polycube made of four cubes). It is the four-dimensional hypercube, or 4-cube as a part of the dimensional family of hypercubes or "measure polytopes"."
Ah! That explains everything, RAH is having fun with a fourth dimension.
First published in 1941 and told with Heinlein’s homespun Missourian charm but set in Southern California this is a fun short work from an SF Grandmaster. Reminds me of an M. C. Escher artwork.
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Read information about the authorRobert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".
He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, in the late 1940s. He was also among the first authors of bestselling, novel-length science fiction in the modern, mass-market era.
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