Time warp (science fiction)
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The terms time warp, space warp, and time-space warp are commonly used in science fiction. They sometimes refer to Einstein's theory that time and space form a continuum that bends, folds, or warps from the observer's point of view, relative to such factors as movement or gravitation. They are also used in reference to more fantastic notions of discontinuities or other irregularities in spacetime not based on real-world science.
According to Einstein's theory of general relativity, when a body of mass "m," volume "V," and length of "l" moves with a velocity "v," then its physical properties change in many ways (such as its length decreases and mass increases). These factors keep on increasing and decreasing with the increase in velocity. When the body reaches the speed of light "c," its length becomes zero, its mass becomes infinite and the time factor vanishes. In other words, no time passes inside the event horizon of the moving body. In this way, the body sometimes takes irregular shapes and covers a distance of millions of light years in no time, because the passage of time for that moving body has vanished. During this process, the body is said to be moving with a (time-)warp speed.
- Thorne, Kip S. (1995). Black holes and time warps : Einstein's outrageous legacy. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 9780393312768.
- Hawking, Stephen. "Space and Time Warps". Retrieved 12 December 2012.