Godemperorjames wrote:I think of a dimension as an axis of description. like x,y, and z.
And the same thing is true of time. Time is a dimention we simply cant describe accurately in a three dimentional way. If you were a 2-dimentional being, living on the X and Y, how would you describe something moving along the Z? You'd have to use abstracts, which is how we describe time.
I like your point with orbitals and i've been thinking (no mathematics so i can't really understand. I'm a bio major lol) about the position of electrons based on our understanding of timespace. Our idea of movement makes no sense within the context of orbitals and electrons. Like they will probably be there? But they could not probably be anywhere! Like...I can't wrap my mind around it. They aren't orbiting like a planet or something like that. They are there then not there but also there?
I think what you're referring to is Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle, which states that a quanta can be both a particle and a wave simultaneously. An electron is really a field of vibrating energy, but we can measure its "position," in which case it acts like a particle (i.e., we can shoot a "single" electron out of a particle cannon).
edit: i misspoke slightly. The particle-wave duality was proposed by de Broglie (wavelength=Plancks constant/momentum). The Uncertainty Principle deals with inaccuracies in measuring either position or momentum of a particle. Oops.
Like what is the point of defining movement as along x,y,z, and time? The electron would be there then there probably but it seems like time doesn't influence this? like it is probably there any given moment and probably not a place any given moment. But it isn't like the electron is "moving" in a typical sense. Of course it has to be moving, but like....how? Timespace cant be applied how we normally think about it since the electron isn't there then there. All these things are part of the same phenomenon. The question is what is the true nature of the deeper phenomenon!
This might be said of all matter. If particles are also waves of energy, then maybe everything is a wave of energy spread throughout Time. We, as thinking being with a need to quantify everything, see ourselves as "traveling" through time because we are effectively measuring our position in Time. In other words, everything that ever was or will be is happening concurrently; we can only perceive a small bit of it (the Now) at a time.
Like, if we froze time somehow, where would the electron be? Wouldn't it be probably in all of those places and also not?
Um, no. It would be wherever we measure it to be. But if time was frozen we wouldnt be able to measure anything because there would be no motion, including ourselves.