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When you invent a machine of such wondrous functionality as the Poincare Machine, it then becomes imperative to figure out how it works, and what it looks like.

Neither of these things is easy for the writer. And first things first, I’ve got to figure out how to put the correct acute accent on the final “e” in Poincare.

The Poincare Machine is inspired by a concept in mathematics, the Poincare Conjecture, which to put horribly simply, is a conjecture that a sphere in any number of dimensions can be enclosed in a topographical surface.

This video from the excellent Numberphile youtube feed puts it better.

While shopping around, as it were, for a concept to hang a method of travel around, it seemed that this “encompassing” nature of this conjecture was ideal. You can form an eleven dimensional topographical surface to envelop a three dimensional one, and use that to move around the three dimensional world by almost stepping on to the 11d surface, and stepping off it into another place.

So there we have it. The steampunk hero of some of the writings I will put on this website, Aristophanes Brown, uses the Poincare Machine in the course of his flash fiction adventures.

Now we know what it does. But, what does it look like?

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