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B Just a Doubt -- can the Space Time Fabric be ripped or broken?

  1. Mar 29, 2016 #1
    Hey, can the Space Time Fabric be ripped or broken?
    The answer could help find the state of the universe on some aspects.
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2016 #2

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    No. "Fabric" is a rather poor metaphor for what general relativity describes, which is just geometry.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2016 #3
    so it can't be ripped right?
     
  5. Mar 30, 2016 #4

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  6. Mar 30, 2016 #5

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    It isn't obvious what a "rip" in spacetime would even mean in terms of GR, I'm afraid. I know it sounds like a simple concept, and it is in a fabric. But spacetime isn't really very much like the rubber sheet that gets used to try to explain it.
     
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