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Do any of the commercially produced Hinton cubes still exist?

Do any of the commercially produced Hinton cubes still exist?

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, British mathematician Charles Howard Hinton developed a system for visualizing the fourth dimension in his books “A New Era of Thought” and “The Fourth Dimension”. It involved manipulating a set of colored cubes, known as Hinton cubes, in order to simulate the rotations of a four-dimensional hypercube. Now in his (similarly titled) book “The Fourth Dimension”, Rudy Rucker says that the publisher of “A New Era of Thought” used to sell sets of Hinton cubes:

It was at one time possible to purchase sets of Hinton cubes from his publisher.

Page 122 of this book provides more details about Hinton's publisher Swan Sonnenschein & Co.'s making and selling sets of Hinton cubes.

My question, do any of these commercially produced sets of Hinton cubes still exist? Or if a complete set doesn't exist, do some cubes from a set at least exist?

If there are no extant cubes made by the publisher, what is the most recent record of them being extant?


Watch the video: Geoffrey Hinton - The Neural Network Revolution (January 2022).