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Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 19
# 23
09-19-2012, 12:47 PM
The theory is relatively elegant, it obeys Einstein, and all that good stuff. The power issue could potentially be resolved by more progress on this, at least short term:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...breaking-even/

The big bugaboo with this idea is the "exotic matter." This exotic matter would have to have negative mass applied to it, at which point the wheels come off because per the Standard Model, the exotic anti-mass particles would need to violate causality, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and a few other "known laws" of the universe.

It's a nice thought, but until we figure out how to tell physics to sit in a corner and think about what it's done, it's still only a thought. Still, folding space -- however we do it -- may still be a better way to go than sitting around waiting for someone to dig a giant metal ring up from the sands of Giza and figure out how to turn it on.

Last edited by evilbenfranklin; 09-19-2012 at 12:51 PM. Reason: Added color commentary.