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A New Era of Thought is a non-fiction work written by Charles Howard Hinton, was published in 1888 and reprinted in 1900 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Ltd., London. A New Era of Thought is about the fourth dimension and its implications on human thinking. It influenced the work of P.D. Ouspensky, particularly his book Tertium Organum where it is frequently quoted, Scientific American writer Martin Gardner, who mentioned this book in some of his articles, and influenced Rudy Rucker's The Fourth Dimension. It is prefaced by Alicia Boole and H. John Falk. A New Era of Thought is inspired by Plato's allegory of the cave and is influenced by the works of Immanuel Kant, Carl Friedrich Gauss and Nikolai Lobachevsky. The book has xvi and 230 pages.
A New Era of Thought Wikipedia
A New Era of Thought consists of two parts. The first part is a collection of philosophical and mathematical essays on the fourth dimension. These essays are somewhat disconnected. They teach the possibility of thinking four-dimensionally and about the religious and philosophical insights thus obtainable. In the second part Hinton develops a system of coloured cubes. These cubes serve as model to get a four-dimensional perception as a basis of four-dimensional thinking. This part describes how to visualize a tessaract by looking at several 3-D cross sections of it. The system of cubic models in A New Era of Thought is a forerunner of the cubic models in Hinton's book The Fourth Dimension.Preface
Table of Contents
Introductory Note to Part I
Scepticism and Science.
Beginning of Knowledge.
Apprehension of Nature.
Study of Arrangement or Shape.
The Elements of Knowledge.
Theory and Practice.
Function of Mind.
Space against Metaphysics.
Self-Limitations and its Test.
A Plane World.
Self Elements in our Consciousness.
Relation of Lower and Higher Space.
Theory of the Aether.
Another View of the Aether.
Material and Aetherial Bodies.
Higher Space and Higher Being.
Perception and Inspiration.
Space the Scientific Basis of Altruism and Religion.
Genesis of a Cube.
Appearances of a Cube to a Plane-being.
Further Appearances of a Cube to a Plane-being.
Genesis of a Tessaract; its Representation in Three-space.
Tessaract moving through Three-space.
Models of the Sections.
Representation of Three-space by Names and in a Plane.
The Means by which a Plane-being would Acquire a Conception of our Figures.
Four-space: its Representation in Three-space.
Representation of Four-space by Name.
Study of Tessaracts.
Further Study of Tessaracts.
A Tessaractic Figure and its Projections.
AppendicesA. 100 Names used for Plane Space.
B. 216 Names used for Cubic Space.
C. 256 Names used for Tessaractic Space.
D. List of Colours, Names and Symbols.
E. A Theorem in Four-Space.
F. Exercises on Shapes of Three Dimensions.
G. Exercises on Shapes of Four Dimensions.
H. Sections of the Tessaract.
K. Drawings of the Cubic Sides and Sections of the Tessaract (Models 1-12) with Colours and Names.