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    Hello Science forum. I will start by declaring that I am only a high school first physics class student, however I have taken a reasonable amount of interest into lots of the more complex theories and ideas, lacking the mathematical skills to understand the true beauty of there universal connections. However, I have recently become extremely interested in the idea of a 'warp drive' and as soon as I learnt that it does not violate the speed limit of light, by manipulating the fabric of the universe rather than accelerating itself I sprang up off my seat and official decided to devote myself to this science. If anyone here can guide me as too what mathematics I should begin too learn, as well as any information regarding the idea of space-time manipulation it would be very appreciated. Thanks!( Any tips on how i could get involved would be greatly appreciated as well).


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    Quote Originally Posted by xXplosionZz View Post
    Hello Science forum. I will start by declaring that I am only a high school first physics class student, however I have taken a reasonable amount of interest into lots of the more complex theories and ideas, lacking the mathematical skills to understand the true beauty of there universal connections. However, I have recently become extremely interested in the idea of a 'warp drive' and as soon as I learnt that it does not violate the speed limit of light, by manipulating the fabric of the universe rather than accelerating itself I sprang up off my seat and official decided to devote myself to this science. If anyone here can guide me as too what mathematics I should begin too learn, as well as any information regarding the idea of space-time manipulation it would be very appreciated. Thanks!( Any tips on how i could get involved would be greatly appreciated as well).
    I am not a scientist, but the thought of Warp propulsion is probably a little too far fetched for any ones mind.

    We can not even travel at velocity as quick as Photons<light>.

    So to me that is trying to run before some one can walk.

    I personally would firstly consider some of the easier to understand topics.

    Learn what we do know, then consider the possibilities, and you will understand the complex thoughts better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by theorist View Post
    I am not a scientist
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXplosionZz View Post
    Hello Science forum. I will start by declaring that I am only a high school first physics class student, however I have taken a reasonable amount of interest into lots of the more complex theories and ideas, lacking the mathematical skills to understand the true beauty of there universal connections. However, I have recently become extremely interested in the idea of a 'warp drive' and as soon as I learnt that it does not violate the speed limit of light, by manipulating the fabric of the universe rather than accelerating itself I sprang up off my seat and official decided to devote myself to this science. If anyone here can guide me as too what mathematics I should begin too learn, as well as any information regarding the idea of space-time manipulation it would be very appreciated. Thanks!( Any tips on how i could get involved would be greatly appreciated as well).
    You can read more Here:
    Alcubierre drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    An associated problem would be particles trapped within the bubble that upon removing the bubble would fling those particles at whatever planet you went to wreaking massive destruction.
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    Do you know what kind of math is involved on that wiki page? 'Sooo confusing :S'm Thanks.
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    Physics.

    It's not that complicated. It just explains how the universe works. No biggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXplosionZz View Post
    Do you know what kind of math is involved on that wiki page? 'Sooo confusing :S'm Thanks.
    What kind? There is only one kind of mathematics.

    But I gather what you're asking. You're asking if it's something you need to know calculus for. Yes,it is. And more.

    The mathematics involved are both simple and complex. Much of it is pretty straightforward, once you have learned enough that you're no longer daunted by the appearance of it and realize how straightforward it is. But it also is very tedious, as well, running through the computations. The complexity lies not in doing math that only a wunderkind would understand- you can understand it just fine once you learn it. The complexity is in keeping your calculations straight and in agreement with eachother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXplosionZz View Post
    Do you know what kind of math is involved on that wiki page? 'Sooo confusing :S'm Thanks.
    It's a branch of mathematics called "differential geometry". That's the language in which the theory of General Relativity is formulated, on which the Alcubierre Drive is based.
    I'm afraid differential geometry is not something you will learn ( or even encounter ) in High School.
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    I was once told by a NASA scientist, "anytime you are in a race with light, light will win. So the only way to win is to cheat. " "Warp drive" is a word for a way of cheating. But understand, Warp drives are powered by handwavium and built of unobtainium.
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