# Is there a "good" way to visualize complex vectors?

We often represent complex numbers as vectors in $\mathbb{R}^2$ with $x$ being the real axis and $y$ being the imaginary axis. We often represent 2-dimensional vectors over $\mathbb{R}$ in a similar way.

Suppose we consider $\mathbb{C}^2$, vectors in two dimensions over $\mathbb{C}$. It feels like the complex plane is "embedded" into the scalars and I would like to somehow visualize these planes in the context of $\mathbb{C}^2$.

• How do you like to visualize $\mathbb{R}^4$? Jun 28, 2011 at 22:47
• I know that in complex analysis, to visualize a map $f: \Bbb{C} \to \Bbb{C}$ Riemann surfaces are used. They are hot easy to grasp though. Take a look at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_surface Jun 28, 2011 at 22:55
• They are isomorphic as vector spaces over $\mathbb{R}$ only. But no, I was trying to figure out how you visualize 4 spatial dimensions in the first place. Jun 29, 2011 at 9:01
Incidentally, the first chapter of Kendig's Elementary Algebraic Geometry is devoted to helping visualize hypersurfaces in $\mathbb C^2$. It has some really great drawings and figures that give a concrete sense of the topology of various algebraic varieties.