This paper approaches the question of space dimensionality by discussing a neglected argument proposed by Hermann Weyl in 1955. In Why is the World Four-Dimensional? (1955), Weyl offered a different argument from the one generally attributed to him and presented in Raum-Zeit-Materie. In the first sections of the paper, this new argument and its features are spelled-out, and in the last section, I shall develop some useful remarks on the concept of topology of causation that can still inform our reflection on the dimensionality of the world.

Why is the World four-dimensional? Hermann Weyl's 1955 argument and the topology of causation / S. De Bianchi. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 880:1(2017), pp. 012011.1-012011.10. ((Intervento presentato al 8. convegno International Workshop on Decoherence, Information, Complexity and Entropy tenutosi a Castiglioncello nel 2016 [10.1088/1742-6596/880/1/012011].

Why is the World four-dimensional? Hermann Weyl's 1955 argument and the topology of causation

S. De Bianchi
2017

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This paper approaches the question of space dimensionality by discussing a neglected argument proposed by Hermann Weyl in 1955. In Why is the World Four-Dimensional? (1955), Weyl offered a different argument from the one generally attributed to him and presented in Raum-Zeit-Materie. In the first sections of the paper, this new argument and its features are spelled-out, and in the last section, I shall develop some useful remarks on the concept of topology of causation that can still inform our reflection on the dimensionality of the world.
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