- uploaded: Jul 31, 2011
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The impossible triangle is one of the most intriguing figures in recent times. Especially in science, this shape was often used to explain the bizarre world of quantum physics. It was Roger Penrose who gave birth to this paradoxical shape in 1958 and soon after, in 1961 M. C. Escher made his famous drawing, the impossible waterfall, that shows better than words, why this impossible triangle is impossible.
Because perpetual motion can't exist and water doesnâ€™t flow upwards.
Mathieu Hamaekers was the first to solve the paradox of the geometry of this impossible shape by adding an extra geometrical dimension to the usual 3 dimensions we use in geometry, namely the point of observation. As we all know, space is curved in time. By directing the curve to the observer, you see the curved line as a straight line. Same with the curving of space time. You donâ€™t see the curving of space in 3D but in 4D or space-time. It took Mathieu 7 years to figure out to do it correct and another 20 years to make the sculptures and to perfect the method. Mathieu's first impossible sculptures date from 1980. You have to understand that not only the impossible triangle but a great variety of impossible figures can be made and constructed, but every shape has its own personal differences. On www.thealiencode.net you can find pictures of some 20 sculptures.
In 1980, Professor Alan Hynek, the first great ufologist, gave a week lectures astronomy at the than existing International University of Lugano. The last day, he gave one lecture about ufology, and stressed the need for a new kind of physics to explain the UFO phenomena. During the pause, Mathieu showed Alan his first impossible sculptures. When Mathieu asked Prof. Alan Hynek, if the geometry of these sculptures had something to do with UFO's and the strange physic involved, he was silent for some moments and then said: Maybe they are!
I will come back on the relation between the impossible figures and the emerging of a new physics in later videos. Thanks for reading.