THE MEETING

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Fragment from my volume: The Door and other extraordinary stories

The first meeting occurred, of course, in a dream. It couldn’t have been otherwise, if we consider that Ion Marc had died for a few days. Then, if we analyze the introductory sentence: “The first meeting occurred, of course, in a dream.” we can infer the following:

1. If we used the phrase “first meeting”, it results that a second meeting will also be mentioned.

2. Since the word “meeting” was used before the word “dream” a second consequence results: the reality of the fact; if we would have said: “I dreamed of meeting him”, than the unreality of the fact would have been referred to.

3. The two consequences, 1 and 2 are, in fact, linked by a third one: normally we would have started like this: “I dreamed of meeting him”, if a second meeting with Ion Marc wouldn’t have occurred, event which transformed a dream into reality.

However, let us try and take things methodically and chronologically, although we cannot promise we won’t stray from this course, sometimes, compelled by certain precincts which go beyond our subjectivity, as it will be observed further. That is why, all we ask of the reader is a little patience, necessary for going through these lines which intend to be clarifying, mandatory after the publishing of the counter-article The dream and the paranormal [published in this magazine’s previous number; editor’s note] of our (counter)colleague, George Irian. As it is known, in this article we were stigmatized and prosecuted against an imaginary pillar of shame as being, I quote “suddenly and of an unknown cause, subjected to the ideals of the paranormal <sciences>”.

We want to bring into the open (something we believed was implicit until the apparition of the quoted article), that we never drank from the puddle spring of these so called “sciences” of the paranormal. Far from us any intention to critique those who deal with such domains, difficult to comprehend. But all our work is dedicated to exact sciences (i.e. Superior Mathematics and Physics); as was our life. That is why we hope, our little literary talent will be forgiven, but our background is different.    

The fact that we told about the dream meeting, the first one, with the late Ion Marc and we considered it real, we repeat, after the second, does not justify George Irian’s ironical intention to label us as “medium”. And because we don’t want to judge the author mentioned, we will resort to presenting the events, as they occurred.

I met Ion Marc in 1973, at an international congress, held in Poiana Braşov, on the topic “the space-time continuum”. I was then pleasantly impressed by the novel interpretation he had for the General theory of relativity. I told him, and then we engaged in a long discussion. This is how our friendship started. Our connections weren’t strictly scientific in nature, but also affective. Even after he migrated to the United States, in 1980, we kept in touch, even though this brought a lot of nuisances and persecutions upon me from the repressive organ, namely the Secret Police, which culminated with my exclusion from the University and the interdiction to publish (interdiction which wasn’t outspoken, of course, but my manuscripts which remained in the drawers of the Scientific and Encyclopedic Publishing House or in those of scientific magazines, until 1990, stand as proof). I remember (how could I forget?!) how much I struggled until I was received as a Mathematics teacher, for secondary school, in a village far away from the civilized world, called Retiş, on the border of Sibiu and Mureş counties. Only after the December Revolution I could return to the Technical University in Cluj (back then still called Polytechnic). Ion Marc was the first scientist who congratulated me, in a visit he paid in January 1990, immediately after my coming back to the university. Then followed our two years cooperation until an older project became a volume, a paper which was published in the United States as Mind Tools for the Fourth Dimension. The book wished to continue – although it was to a certain degree polemic – the volumes of the well-known mathematician Rudy Rucker[1]. As it can be noticed, we combined in the title of our paper his titles, quoted bellow, precisely to point from the start were we were headed.

On the whole, our volume tried to prove that everything, absolutely the entire existence can be translated into a mathematical formula, reported to a reference system which is not our tridimensional world, but can be a four-dimensional one, briefly said space-time, or even one with more dimensions (from a mathematical perspective their number can be unlimited, although physicians stopped at a variable number encompassed between 7 and 11 dimensions of the universe). As it is known, in a four-dimensional reference system, the space-time continuum as Einstein used to call it, time is just another dimension together with all three classical ones of space. In such a world which we can only imagine theoretically and even so with great difficulty, time, we considered, can be encountered in all its expansion in one place, namely at once.  A traveler in such a space-time can have, as naturally as we have in the tridimensional world with spaces, access to all temporary events which occurred or will occur. An inhabitant as common as he may be of this world can be perceived by us as a god. The connection with religion is inevitable, and as we were not specialists in the field, we tried to limit our theories strictly to the mathematical-physical domains. And in this common volume we succeeded. 

 

[1] Rudy Rucker, The Fourth Dimension: A Guided tour of the Higher Universes, Houghton and Mifflin, Boston, 1984; Mind Tools, Houghton and Mifflin, Boston, 1987.

 

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