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Cosmic Shadows and a Fifth Dimension

Shadow patterns are all around us. We drive through them on the way to work and swim among them in pools. Similar patterns are also cast throughout the universe by the gravitational fields of matter and black holes. This talk unveils some of the cosmic and mathematical secrets of these mysterious and beautiful patterns.

Interestingly, the shadow patterns cast by microscopic black holes touch on a rather deep question. Is there a fifth dimension? In other words, is there an extra dimension of physical space beyond length, width, and height? If so, how would we know it is there? If true, this provocative idea would profoundly impact our perception of the natural world, analogous to how we no longer think of the earth as flat