Warped Reality: Virtual Trip to Hyperbolic Space

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Anyone can experience hyperbolic space in this colorful virtual reality program co-created by a Georgia Tech applied mathematician

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Mindbending geometry comes to life in a virtual reality program splashed in color. Hyperbolic geometry helped in the development of the Theory of Relativity, but it usually eludes perceptual grasp. Georgia Tech applied mathematician and physicist Sabetta Matsumoto has helped change this, giving anyone a view of hyperbolically twisted space.

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Hold tight for a psychedelic trip to hyperbolic space, where the floor drops out from beneath your feet.

Math just met “warp drive” in a virtual reality headset to transport anyone who dons the visor to a reality twisted by hyperbolic geometry. The program was co-created by Sabetta Matsumoto, a physicist and applied mathematician at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a visual aid to researchers exploring geometries that deviate from the everyday norm.

Splashed in color, the virtual space’s graphics can seduce even the most math-phobic mind to roam, crawl or slither about. But mathematicians and physicists can make great use of it.

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hyperbolic geometry, Sabetta, Matsumoto, math, physics, School of Physics, virtual reality, vr
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  • Created By: Ben Brumfield
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  • Created On: Mar 30, 2017 - 12:03pm
  • Last Updated: Mar 30, 2017 - 12:04pm