Ratings and Reviews
I have been a math geek since I was four years old (Eisenhower, the last great, or even good, Republican president was still in his first term) and I became an amateur topologist and horologist not long after. This app not only makes an extremely obtuse and non intuitive topic accessible, it also manages to make it enjoyable and...dare I say it: FUN !
I have shared this app with my nephews and nieces AND their children (some as young as 5 years old) and it has always elicited excitement, curiosity and many, many questions. It will be interesting to see how their very early exposure to easily accessible and yet extremely abstract concepts affects their abilities to process and assimilate abstract and obtuse ideas going forward (or, in this instance, rotating outward and folding up...).
I do, however, have one suggestion...although the two pages where you ‘hack’ the optic chiasma (meld two images into a “3-D” facsimile) work fine on my iPhone and my iPad Mini they don’t do well on standard sized iPads. My arms, and I’m 6’4” tall, are too short to hold the screen far enough away to fix and hold the images in place while manipulating the conjoined image. If you were to make an iPad-friendly version of those two pages, one in which they are just a little bit closer together, it would vastly improve the experience.
I've been reading about the fourth dimension for decades, but never understood or pictured it as well as I do now thanks to this ingenious app. It really deserves to be better known and more widely appreciated. It makes brilliant use of both the iPad's ability to show animation and its multi-touch interface.
I hope the developer will consider extending the app to cover other 4D shapes. He's also made himself the obvious person to create an interactive version of Abbot's classic, FLATLAND.
In the meantime, get this app, and break through the walls of mere 3D perception. If this topic interests you at all, you won't regret it.
One of the Best Apps, Period
This review is long overdue but this app deserves all the praise in the world for explaining such tricky topics with so much art and clarity. As the saying goes, I’m not a numbers guy – I love science and math on principle but I’ve always been more qualitative – and this app rendered what for me have always been very tricky concepts in an easy to understand way. Plus the design is gorgeous and the atmospheric soundtrack give the subject matter the simplicity and mystical grandeur it deserves! Thank you for continually updating the app with each iteration of iOS. It’s a treasure - keep it alive!
Developer Response ,
Thanks!! : - )
- Drew Olbrich
- 5.8 MB
Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2012 Drew Olbrich
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.