can there be a third dimension in Mathematics? 1 is real, 2 is imaginary and 3..?

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can there be a third dimension in Mathematics? 1 is real, 2 is imaginary and 3..?

**see quaternion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion**

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In mathematics, the **quaternions** are a number system that extends the complex numbers. They were first described by Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton in 1843^{[1]}^{[2]} and applied to mechanics in three-dimensional space. A feature of quaternions is that multiplication of two quaternions is noncommutative. Hamilton defined a quaternion as the quotient of two directed lines in a three-dimensional space^{[3]} or equivalently as the quotient of two vectors.^{[4]}

Quaternions find uses in both theoretical and applied mathematics, in particular for calculations involving three-dimensional rotations such as in three-dimensional computer graphics, computer vision and crystallographic texture analysis.^{[5]} In practical applications, they can be used alongside other methods, such as Euler angles and rotation matrices, or as an alternative to them, depending on the application.

In modern mathematical language, quaternions form a four-dimensional associative normed division algebra over the real numbers, and therefore also a domain. In fact, the quaternions were the first noncommutative division algebra to be discovered. The algebra of quaternions is often denoted by **H** (for *Hamilton*), or in blackboard bold by (Unicode U+210D, ℍ). It can also be given by the Clifford algebra classifications *C*ℓ_{0,2}(**R**) ≅ *C*ℓ^{0}_{3,0}(**R**). The algebra **H** holds a special place in analysis since, according to the Frobenius theorem, it is one of only two finite-dimensional division rings containing the real numbers as a proper subring, the other being the complex numbers. These rings are also Euclidean Hurwitz algebras, of which quaternions are the largest associative algebra.

heureka
Jul 15, 2015

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can there be a third dimension in Mathematics? 1 is real, 2 is imaginary and 3..?

**see quaternion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion**

× | 1 | i | j | k |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | 1 | i | j | k |

i | i | −1 | k | −j |

j | j | −k | −1 | i |

k | k | j | −i | −1 |

In mathematics, the **quaternions** are a number system that extends the complex numbers. They were first described by Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton in 1843^{[1]}^{[2]} and applied to mechanics in three-dimensional space. A feature of quaternions is that multiplication of two quaternions is noncommutative. Hamilton defined a quaternion as the quotient of two directed lines in a three-dimensional space^{[3]} or equivalently as the quotient of two vectors.^{[4]}

Quaternions find uses in both theoretical and applied mathematics, in particular for calculations involving three-dimensional rotations such as in three-dimensional computer graphics, computer vision and crystallographic texture analysis.^{[5]} In practical applications, they can be used alongside other methods, such as Euler angles and rotation matrices, or as an alternative to them, depending on the application.

In modern mathematical language, quaternions form a four-dimensional associative normed division algebra over the real numbers, and therefore also a domain. In fact, the quaternions were the first noncommutative division algebra to be discovered. The algebra of quaternions is often denoted by **H** (for *Hamilton*), or in blackboard bold by (Unicode U+210D, ℍ). It can also be given by the Clifford algebra classifications *C*ℓ_{0,2}(**R**) ≅ *C*ℓ^{0}_{3,0}(**R**). The algebra **H** holds a special place in analysis since, according to the Frobenius theorem, it is one of only two finite-dimensional division rings containing the real numbers as a proper subring, the other being the complex numbers. These rings are also Euclidean Hurwitz algebras, of which quaternions are the largest associative algebra.

heureka
Jul 15, 2015