Wormhole Theory

Reading about the vast size of the universe, I started exploring the possibility of travelling through the it. One popular theory on the structure of space-time is a wormhole. It postulates a theoretical passage through space-time that could create a shortcut to a different spot in the universe. So far, we’ve thought about travelling in a linear fashion. A simple way to think about wormhole travel is folding a paper in half and travelling from one end to the other by poking a hole through the middle. The image below is a good way to visualize it. There is debate about whether wormholes can actually exist. We are definitely very far from actually observing a wormhole, but scientists are exploring the possibility of their existence.

4 thoughts on “Wormhole Theory

  1. This seems like an extremely complicated yet scientifically fascinating theory to be explored. It’s especially interesting because it’s so difficult to imagine or describe the structure of time as a non-linear construct. This is likely because everything we do and measure (days/years, speed, force, emission of light) is somehow tied to a linear interpretation of time. I would be interested to see how traditional phenomena (light, force) differ in a second-order (or another) understanding of time.

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  2. Today I rewatched Interstellar, a movie that I believe is very accurate, to the extent possible given our current knowledge, about astronomy and physics. In this movie (spoiler!) the crew uses a wormhole to travel extremely far distances in practically no time. What interests me about the wormhole theory is that it could be a potential solution to our current problem of traveling much too slow to be able to explore beyond the Solar System in a reasonable timetable. It also makes me wonder, what are other implications of the possibility of the existence of wormholes?

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  3. This is really interesting! I wonder how we would detect the presence of wormholes. Would there be a difference in gravitational pull if they existed, like a black hole, or would they just exist without any pull on the environment? At the very least there must be a bending of light from the “dip” in the fabric of space, but how would we be able to distinguish that from the dip caused by stars and other cosmic bodies? This idea is so interesting to consider, and a great leaping off point for theorizing about what we still don’t know about space.

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