Tesseracts: Cubes Get Hyper (MatheMUSEments!)
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|Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)|
|Madeleine L'Engle, who wrote A Wrinkle in Time, used tesseract to mean a shortcut through space and time. In her story, space-time wrinkles, or folds onto itself, creating new paths that allow characters to tesser, or travel from one end of the galaxy to the other in an instant. Mathematicians also use the word tesseract, but they mean something different. A tesseract is another name for a four-dimensional cube, or a hypercube.|
|Levels:||Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Math Topics:||Higher-Dimensional Geometry|
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