Monday, August 27, 2007

Space, Time, Dimension, and Law

The Doctrine and Covenants tells us:

“All kingdoms have a law given; And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom. And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. ” [1]

In other words, there is a thing called space, which is made up of dimension. The most common dimensions we can sense are, up and down (1), forward and back (2), and side to side (3). These make up three-dimensional space. This is where we live.

We can also sense another dimension, time. But we’ll get back to time later.

And since there is “ no space in the which there is no kingdom ” and there is “ no kingdom in which there is no space ” we can see that space and this thing called kingdom are closely linked, and are interdependent.

We also see that some kingdoms (space), are greater and some are lesser. Is left greater than right, or is up and down lesser than side to side? No, this is speaking of whole other realms of space not visible in our three-dimensional reality.

These other dimensions are graded as greater (higher) and lesser (lower). So, what makes one dimension of space higher, and another lower?

I find there is a gap between the language of the scientist and the language of the theologian. I believe Jewish Mysticism can work as a bridge to provide a scientific answer to the theologian in terms he can apply, and perhaps theological descriptions that a scientist can use. Clearly these two worlds are ready to collide.

Here are some links regarding space and kingdoms:

[NOVA] [Wikipedia] [Superstings] [Flatland] [Truth] [Big Bang]

[1] Doctrine and Covenants 88: 36-38


David Littlefield said...

Here is an interesting site:

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David Littlefield said...

And check out this site, and its links: Searching For A Tiny New Dimension, Curled Up Like The Universe Before The Big Bang. It is over at