Space Time Continuum and Wormholes

By: Serena Gilmore and Jordan Bridges


There are many wonders in the universe. Two of which is the space-time continuum and wormholes. We are going to discuss how they are similar and different. You will find out their definitions and their place in space.

Space Time Continuum

The Space Time Continuum, as the name may suggest, is the idea that space and time are interlaced into one single continuum. This theory suggest that space and time are a fundamental link between one another. There are four dimensions in the universe to support this theory, three of the dimensions are space and one is time. The three dimensions of space is up/down left/right and forward and back. This theory also states that an object in motion experiences time slower than an object at rest. For example, while you are in motion, such as running, the hands on your watch actually tick and tock slower. The closer an object gets to the speed of light, the object actually experiences time at a slower rate.


A wormhole is a theoretical passage through space-time which connects two points in space-time which could actually create a shortcut or reduce travel through time. They are basically bridges through time, connecting two points to make the travel shorter. Wormholes have never actually been discovered, there are only theories. Theories suggest they are made by high mass making space curve. Once there is too much mass, space could give away entirely. This hole could lead to an entirely other universe or time period. These theories also suggest if a wormhole was ever found, it would be too tiny to travel through (10^-33 centimeters to be exact) plus they would be highly unstable. Wormholes are a shortcut through time.


What are the similariies of a wormhole and the space-time continuum? Both wormholes and the space-time continuum theories came from the smart and exuberant Albert Einstein. Also, both of these items have never been visibly seen. Another similarity is that both can be used as an idea on how to time travel. Lastly, both the space time continuum and wormholes theories have helped create more theories about space and time.


What are the differences of a wormhole and the space-time continuum? Well, the space-time continuum has been proven to exist, while the idea of wormholes are nothing but a theory. Another contrast is that the space time continuum is a mathematical model, meaning it is not an actual object that could be seen, felt, heard, smelled, or tasted. While a wormhole could be an actual thing, and not just a math problem. While the wormholes theory suggest you can travel through time and to different universes. The space-time continuum theory only tells us how space and time could unify. One last contrast is that the space time continuum deals with the speed of light, and a wormhole deals with jumping through the wormhole and getting you to another universe.


The space-time continuum and wormholes are similar and different in many ways. The space-time continuum is the theory that unifies space and time. A wormhole is theoretical passage by Einstein’s theory of general relativity in which space-time connects two distinct locations, which if you travel through it might take you to another universe or time period. Maybe one day we will find an actually wormhole and see much more on just how intricate the space-time continuum is.

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