What are wormholes? | Live Science

Wormholes are still the stuff of science fiction. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

A wormhole is a special solution to the equations describing Einstein’s theory of general relativity that connects two distant points in space or time via a tunnel. Ideally, the length of this tunnel is shorter than the distance between those two points, making the wormhole a kind of shortcut. Though they are a staple of science fiction and have captured the popular imagination, wormholes are, as far as we know, only hypothetical. They are legitimate solutions to general relativity, but scientists have never figured out a way to maintain a stable wormhole in the real universe.

Who discovered wormholes?

The simplest possible wormhole solution was discovered by Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen in 1935, which is…

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