Physics problem with Thanos and Infinity Gauntlet

In summary: Sesquimating means reducing by one half. It doesn't sound like it would make much of a difference in the world of Marvel movies.
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caz said:
Apparently there are problems with him snapping his fingers while wearing a glove
And THAT'S what's wrong w/ the "science" in that movie?
 
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Makes perfect sense. It was later shown that Stark's mundane gauntlet he had made in his garage could hold the stones just as well. So the whole deal with seeking out the master dwarf smith and harnessing the power of a thousand suns (or however the process went) was not as much about making a gauntlet that could hold the stones, but about making one that could snap its fingers. That's what's magical about it.
The real physics conundrum is how did Stark's gauntlet manage to snap its fingers, since there was nothing magical about it (apart from the involvement of a talking animal, a green giant, and the ultimate MacGuyver).
 
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phinds said:
And THAT'S what's wrong w/ the "science" in that movie?
Sean Carroll was a physics advisor for Infinity War & Endgame, and explained in one of his podcasts that when approaching any such piece of cinema, one must treat the film as the data and from that infer possible explanations for the on-screen phenomena. It isn't really relevant whether the in-world physics bears any resemblance to our physics. That's part of the fun!
 
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The gauntlet isn't the problem.

The problem is a smart guy like Thanos is apparently clueless about geometric expansion in populations.

Wow. half? Great, that set the universe back by somewhere between a couple of decades (humans) and a couple of days (bacteria).
 
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DaveC426913 said:
The gauntlet isn't the problem.

The problem is a smart guy like Thanos is apparently clueless about geometric expansion in populations.

Wow. half? Great, that set the universe back by somewhere between a couple of decades (humans) and a couple of days (bacteria).
Exactly what I thought. But no problem. He could just sesquimate the human race again.

But the real question is, if he's all powerful why doesn't he just create a jillion new planets and teleport the excess population there, with everything set up and ready to go. If only he had used his powers for niceness instead of evil.

Of course the answer is that is all secretly about current events, not about the future at all. shocking!
 
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Hornbein said:
He could just sesquimate the human race again.
Doesn't 'sesqui' mean 'one and a half'? Recognizing yes, as in 'sesquipedalian' (literallly, a foot and a half long), the word 'sesquimate' should not mean either reduce to one half or reduce by one half (whether 'decimate' means reduce to one tenth or reduce by one tenth I think is unclear) -- I think that the proper term for either of those meanings would be be 'halve'.
 
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sysprog said:
Doesn't 'sesqui' mean 'one and a half'?
Apparently, not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

"Suspend all disbelief, yea who shall enter here," I'm thinking...
 
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sysprog said:
Doesn't 'sesqui' mean 'one and a half'? Recognizing yes, as in 'sesquipedalian' (literallly, a foot and a half long), the word 'sesquimate' should not mean either reduce to one half or reduce by one half (whether 'decimate' means reduce to one tenth or reduce by one tenth I think is unclear) -- I think that the proper term for either of those meanings would be be 'halve'.
I was too lazy to look it up. It should have been "mediumate" or "dimidiumate." But sesquimate sounds cooler so maybe it roolz in Marveland.

Decimate is used to mean reduce by one tenth. That's what they did to punish dishonored legions.
 
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1. How does the Infinity Gauntlet work in terms of physics?

The Infinity Gauntlet is a powerful object that allows the user to control all aspects of reality, including time, space, and matter. In terms of physics, it is essentially a device that harnesses the energy and power of the Infinity Stones, which are six gems that represent different fundamental forces of the universe. By combining the power of these stones, the user can manipulate the laws of physics to their will.

2. Can Thanos really snap his fingers and wipe out half of all life in the universe?

In theory, yes. The Infinity Gauntlet grants the user omnipotence, meaning they have unlimited power and control over the universe. However, in reality, it is impossible to accurately predict the outcome of such an action as it goes against the laws of physics. The concept of wiping out half of all life in the universe also raises ethical and moral questions, making it a highly debated topic.

3. How does the Infinity Gauntlet's time manipulation affect the laws of physics?

Time manipulation, as shown in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, involves altering the flow of time or traveling through different points in time. This goes against the concept of time being a constant and unidirectional force in physics. However, it is important to remember that the Infinity Gauntlet is a fictional object and its abilities are not bound by the laws of physics.

4. Is the Infinity Gauntlet a representation of a real-life physics concept?

The Infinity Gauntlet is not a representation of a specific physics concept, but it does incorporate elements of various theories and principles in physics. For example, the concept of parallel universes and alternate timelines is often explored in science fiction, and the Infinity Gauntlet's reality-altering abilities can be seen as a manifestation of this idea.

5. How does the Infinity Gauntlet's power compare to real-life physics theories?

The Infinity Gauntlet's power far exceeds anything that is possible in real life according to our current understanding of physics. While there are many theories and concepts in physics that explore the idea of manipulating reality or harnessing energy from the universe, none of them come close to the level of power granted by the Infinity Gauntlet. It is important to remember that the Infinity Gauntlet is a fictional object and should not be compared to real-life physics theories.

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