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Hello,

I've been fascinated with black holes and Einstein-Rosen bridges/wormholes for a long time. However, I have no formal education in physics, so a question has been nagging me for a long time. I hear about singularity and event horizons all the time in black hole research, but never in relation to wormholes. As I understand it, wormholes are two super dense black holes that connect and form a tunnel. If we theorize that we could harness wormholes for travel, are there ideas out there to work around or someone negate the effects of black holes (ie, spaghetificagion)?

Thanks!

Cate

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Hello, and thanks for your question!

Alas, the wormhole concept is a very tricky one and also not fully accepted by many astronomers, at least in the terms you might be considering (i.e. to facilitate space travel). "Theorizing" is ok as far as it goes, but I think you'd probably benefit more by an excellent book written by an expert on black holes and the worm hole concept. That would be the book, 'Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy' by Kip Thorne.

You can find it here:


http://www.amazon.com/Black-Holes-Time-Warps-Commonwealth/dp/0393312763

The book is ideal for an intelligent lay person, who lacks any background in physics, because Thorne basically walks you through each of his proposals and ideas, as well as background concepts - with barely any math. It is, I think, far preferable to me delivering an encapsulated answer that might not address all aspects you want to consider.

If you check the amazon link the book is available used starting from $1.19 - a real bargain. With shipping it's barely more than five bucks. I believe if you are seriously interested in this topic you will profit much more by getting the book and reading it through than any superficial answer- or sequence of such -  I might provide here.  

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I have more than forty years of experience in Astronomy, specifically solar and space physics. My specialties include the physics of solar flares, sunspots, including their effects on Earth and statistics pertaining to sunspot morphology and flare geo-effectiveness.

Experience

Astronomy: Worked at university observatory in college, doing astrographic measurements. Developed first ever astronomy curriculum for secondary schools in Caribbean. Gave workshops in astrophysics and astronomical measurements at Harry Bayley Observatory, Barbados. M.Phil. degree in Physics/Solar Physics and more than twenty years as researcher with discovery of SID flares. Developed of first ever consistent magnetic arcade model for solar flares incorporating energy dissipation and accumulation. Develop first ever loop solar flare model using double layers and incorporating cavity resonators.

Organizations
American Astronomical Society (Solar Physics and Dynamical Astronomy divisions), American Mathematical Society, American Geophysical Union.

Publications
Solar Physics (journal), The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, The Proceedings of the Meudon Solar Flare Workshop (1986), The Proceedings of the Caribbean Physics Conference (1985). Books: 'Selected Analyses in Solar Flare Plasma Dynamics', 'Physics Notes for Advanced Level'. 'Astronomy and Astrophysics: Notes, Problems and Solutions'.

Education/Credentials
B.A. Astronomy, M. Phil. Physics

Awards and Honors
American Astronomical Society Studentship Award (1984), Barbados Government Award for Solar Research (1980), Barbados Astronomical Society Award for Service as Journal Editor (1977-91)

Past/Present Clients
Caribbean Examinations Council, Barbados Astronomical Society, Trinidad & Tobago Astronomical Society.

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