Contributed by
Sebastian Lutz
As in many of Lovecraft's stories, here again the basic idea is already given on the first pages and discarded as rumor and superstition, only to be verified in the end. Apart from this, the story is reasonably well written and can still give a little chill.
The mathematics is a jumble of buzzwords from Special and General Relativity, but do not show comprehension on the author's side: Lovecraft seems to be confused about the difference between the physical content of the theories of relativity and their mathematical formulation in differential geometry. He repeatedly refers to ``other dimensions'' which can be accessed somehow by elaborate calculations and at one point the protagonist is said to be ``near the boundary between the known universe and the fourth dimension'' with his calculations, thus showing a lack of understanding of both geometry and relativity.
