October 26th, 2007
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Video, Audio and Image installation at OFFF 2007 (NYC)
Visuals by Michael Paul Young
Soundtrack by Michael Cina

In mathematics, especially in geometry and topology, an ambient space is the space surrounding a mathematical object. For example, a line may be studied in isolation, or it may be studied as an object in two-dimensional space — in which case the ambient space is the plane, or as an object in three-dimensional space — in which case the ambient space is three-dimensional. To see why this makes a difference, consider the statement “Lines that never meet are necessarily parallel.” This is true if the ambient space is two-dimensional, but false if the ambient space is three-dimensional, because in the latter case the lines could be skew lines, rather than parallel.