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String Table

The design of this two-person table is inspired by components of the science of String Theory, in particular by two books that address this topic: “The Cosmic Landscape” by Leonard Susskind, 2006, Little Brown and Company and “Warped Passages” by Lisa Randall, 2005, HarperCollins Publishers. This amazing and mind bending theory includes the almost infinitely small vibrating “strings” that make up matter as we know it, “branes”, which are like membranes and may in fact be home to the strings as well as being the shape of our universe and Calabi Yau “manifolds” which contain compacted extra dimensions (6!) of space. The String Table graphically represents some of these elements.

The table is constructed of MDF (medium density fiberboard, a condensed composite material) panels with graphic designs cut into them and then painted and laminated together. The square table top is 2’-4” x 2’-4”.

The design in the table top represents two branes, mirroring each other, with strings attached and “gravitons”, carriers of the gravitational force, floating between them. The gravitons serve as holes in the table top allowing electrical and data feeds to the top if necessary.

The design on side 1 of the table represents several string configurations perhaps floating on a brane. The design on side 2 represents a single string, perhaps light years in length.

Sides 3 and 4 of the table serve as the legs and structure for the table and accommodate the sitting person. If the top and sides 1 and 2 represent branes, then sides 3 and 4 represent a landscape of Calabi Yau manifolds and the sub-microscopic and hidden extra dimensions in our universe. Here, two laminations suggest the immense complexity of these extra dimensions.