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Friday, January 29, 2010

What are worm holes?



A wormhole is a pathway from one part of space and time to another location. You might think of it as a shortcut through space that saves you from having to travel the normal distance between two points.

A worm hole is a mathematical solution to Einstein's relativistic equation for gravity in which two parts of space-time may be joined together. Unlike black holes, they have no singularities at least in the “vacuum solution”, but certain rotating “Kerr-Nordstrom” black holes may serve the same worm hole-like function.

Many science fiction authors like to use them to allow spacecraft to travel quickly from place to place in our universe. But all of these ideas are based on 'pure math' descriptions of how they might work, and as you know, nature is often much messier than any idealistic, abstract rendering of it. There are no perfectly straight lines in the universe, and there are not likely to be wormholes either.

Written by: Bahador Feyz-bakhsh

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