Sunday, November 22, 2015

You Need a Wormhole to Escape This Movie...

Wormholes have been in question since they were first theorized; and having no direct proof of their existence just further complicates the discussion of wormholes, originally called Einstein-Rosen Bridges. Today, we not only explore the possibility of wormholes, but also their relevance to 2015 blockbuster Interstellar, a movie, in my opinion, you would need a wormhole to get away from.

Wormholes were first theorized in 1935 by the great Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen. They concluded that a hole in the space-time continuum could, theoretically, transport you through either space, or time. How it does this is simple, yet at the same time complicated. It is theorized that worm holes are created by bending the fabric of space-time over itself and then having a tunnel connect the two areas, thus creating a shorter distance to travel. The only problem with this description is that space-time is not 2 dimensional but is instead in the 3rd dimension, so in order to create a wormhole, one would need to use a 4th dimension in order to travel through. Humans are not capable, yet, of understanding or, at this point, proving that a 4th dimension exists. below is a graphic of how a 2 dimensional universe could create a wormhole.

Now for the viability of using a wormhole. Since we have no empirical data on usage of wormholes (because we haven't even proven they exist), we are not 100% sure on what the effects of traveling through a wormhole would be. It has been hypothesized that traveling through a wormhole could have many possibilities like: 1) taking you to a farther part of the universe, 2) taking you either forward or backwards in time, or the most likely scenario 3) the wormhole, being extremely unstable, collapses in on itself and traps you in another dimension. So while the possibility of traveling through space-time sound really amazing and inspiring, it may not be worth the risk. All being said, if humans someday in the future are able to harness gravitational energy and create a successful, stable wormhole, then the possibilities are endless as to space travel and theoretically time travel. So maybe Matthew McConaughey can star in a more realistic movie about space-time travel when that technology becomes available (cause lets face it, hes never gonna die).

Now that the physics portion of the post is over, I just wanted to acknowledge the fact that this is the first movie this entire semester where I am struggling to determine whether or not I like the movie, and honestly, that scares me...

1 comment:

  1. So, which movies did you like and which ones didn't you? As long as you'll admit that "Eraser" was classically, epically bad, then you can say what you want about the rest.