Are there any laws stating that time must flow in a constant stream (i.e. moments in unbroken succession)?
Asked by: Burl Carpenter
I don't know of any laws as such. However, Einstein's theories of relativity treat space-time as a
4 dimensional entity. In this view there are no gaps in time, just as there are no gaps in
left-right, up-down, and forwards-backwards.
However, there is the problem of singularities. At these points the classical laws of physics
predict that space and time will cease to exist and therefore you do have a hole in space-time.
Another difficulty is what quantum theory has to say about space-time. On a classical scale it is
observed to be a continuum but if you were able to go right down to the Planck length (10-35m)you
would find that it is a seething mass (often called quantum foam) and here space and time also
break down and become incontinous.
Answered by: Edward Rayne, Physics Undergraduate Student, Cambridge UK
'The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.'