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Is there a minimum distance? [duplicate]

I would imagine there is no limit to how small space can get. Is this correct? I am aware of planck's constant, but cannot objects be closer than Planck's constant is short? Perhaps this question is ...
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Is Planck length the smallest allowable difference between wavelengths? [duplicate]

Not trying to project the Planck length to have a deeper meaning, but according to current quantum theory, basically E=hc/lamda is the Planck length the smallest difference possible in wavelength ...
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Does calculus work on the quantum scale [duplicate]

I have read somewhere that Leibniz championed the idea that the world is continuous as this was needed for his (or maybe Newtons) new invention (or discovery?) of calculus. But if I am not mistaken a ...
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What about continuity of Space and possible discreteness of Time? [duplicate]

Is time continuous or discrete? Is even this question a valid question? If you say, it all depends on resolution then assume the best possible resolution achievable. If it is discrete, then what about ...
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Classical Mechanics: Continuous or Discrete universe? [duplicate]

The question of the "continuous" or "discrete" nature of the universe is the subject of diatribe among the greatest physicists in the world. I would like to discuss the same topic, but asking a ...
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Are all lengths multiples of the Planck length? [duplicate]

If the Planck length is the smallest unit of length that has any physical meaning then is it true to think that all the lengths are multiple of the Planck length?
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Is space-time quantised? [duplicate]

i was reading and a question popped into my head and i could not find the answer anywhere if photon destruction is instantaneous doesn't it mean that space-time is quantised? here is my problem: ...
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Is it possible that the universe in its entirety is discrete rather than continuous? [duplicate]

Since electric charge is comprised of discrete units and and mass is formed by discrete units is it possible that space-time itself is discrete as well?
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Can time be Quantised? [duplicate]

Can time be quantised? Would it be the smallest distance between two photons moving in the same direction or the shortest wavelength?
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Is space continuous? [duplicate]

Take a particle, it has a position $(x, y, z)$ maybe it is $(0.231, 8.962, 10.567)$. Is there a maximum precision to this? Is the space discrete or continuous? If it is discrete, how thin the ...
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Planck length, planck time, and planck rotation? [duplicate]

given that there is a fastest speed at which anything can travel in our universe,299,792,458 meters per second, that seems to imply there may be a smallest distance in our universe, so first of all, ...
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What's need of infinite divisibility in our mathematical calculations, if Planck length/time is smallest value? [duplicate]

Let's assume if in reality, Planck's length is the smallest possible length and Planck's time is smallest possible time. Do we still need infinite divisibility of length or any quantity in our ...
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Argument for the Smallest Division of Time? [duplicate]

Okay so a couple of months ago I was watch Vi Hart's video on how .999999... is equal to 1. Some really interesting arguments that I had never heard before. Yesterday, I came across an article on ...
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Planck time, time or time interval? [duplicate]

Planck time is really a weird topic, if we try to find out that is it time or time interval. It is the time taken by light to travel a Planck LENGTH so it must be time interval. But we also know that ...
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Is everything in the universe discrete? [duplicate]

When beginning my education, I regarded nearly everything as continuous and analog in nature: Physical objects could have any mass on a continuous scale Light sources could emit any intensity of ...
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What were Feynman's objection(s) to a cubic lattice universe? [duplicate]

In this video of Feynman discussing the scientific method, starting at around eight minutes and 30 seconds, Feynman describes the proposition that space consists of a cubic lattice of points (as ...
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Can a photon be captured in a grid space representation at a fractional Planck position? [duplicate]

Consider a photon, positioned in space in a finite portion of a grid. Any point of the grid is vertically or horizontally aligned, each distanced by a Planck unit. $l_P = 1.616ā€‰199(97) Ɨ 10āˆ’35 m$ ...
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Quantum physics and constructable numbers [duplicate]

I do not know much about quantum physics. However, I do know it believes the world is discrete ( has quanta). This seems to contradicts the fact that we can create an object of length root 2 since you ...
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Isn't is far more likely that general relativity, and not QFT, is “wrong?” [duplicate]

At the risk/certainty of both sounding super ignorant and talking out of my arse, I have always wondered why there is some big mystery about why there are contradictions between the predictions ...
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If you have two Planck lengths extended from one point forming a right angle, whats the length of the hypotenuse? [duplicate]

Can we do measurements at this scale seeing that the length of the hypotenuse would have a value at a length that cant exist (1.4 Planck lengths)? Or is my interpretation of the Planck length ...
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Does having a minimum length in space violate Lorentz invariance? [duplicate]

Iā€™m trying to understand different approaches to quantum gravity. One involves quantising space and time themselves, which i believe can result in there being a minimum possible length and time ...
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Update: Does the Planck scale imply that spacetime is discrete? [duplicate]

This question has already been asked Does the Planck scale imply that spacetime is discrete? however I'm wondering if there has been any change in the community since it was asked roughly 8 years ...
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Is time continuous or discrete?

I was coding a physics simulation, and noticed that I was using discrete time. That is, there was an update mechanism advancing the simulation for a fixed amount of time repeatedly, emulating a ...
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Is the Planck length the smallest length that exists in the universe or is it the smallest length that can be observed?

I have heard both that Planck length is the smallest length that there is in the universe (whatever this means) and that it is the smallest thing that can be observed because if we wanted to observe ...
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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...
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Does Quantum Mechanics assume space and time are continuous?

I was confused when I was listening to a Quantum Mechanics lecture online. Are space and time assumed to be continuous or discrete in Quantum Mechanics? I can see the question is vague, but this is ...
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Space-time in String Theory

I would like to understand how Physicists think of space-time in the context of String Theory. I understand that there are $3$ large space dimensions, a time dimension, and $6$ or $7$ (or $22$) extra ...
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Can physics get rid of the continuum?

Almost every physical equation I can think of (even though I don't actually feel comfortable beyond the scope of classical mechanics and macroscopic thermodynamics, as that's enough for dealing with ...
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Is space infinitely divisible?

As a child I remember hearing the popular paradox presented by Zeno proposing that Achilles could never catch a tortoise in a race since he would have to traverse the infinite space between himself ...
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Discreteness of Spacetime and Violation of Lorentz symmetry

It is usually said that existence of discrete spacetime violates Lorentz symmetry. What quantity is used to quantify such violation? I mean could someone points a reference for a derivation that shows ...
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Are length contractions limited by Planck length?

While we are getting closer to speed of light our length in the direction of the movement is according to Lorentz transformation getting shorter. But we can not (even theoretically) consider length ...
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If Space is continuous, why can't we go below Planck Length?

I am not talking about any other attributes of particles, vacuum etc ruling out Uncertainty Principle thing. If talking about pure Space (which is continuous, not discrete, cf. e.g. this Phys.SE post),...
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What are some approaches to discrete space-time used in modern physics?

This thought gave rise to some new questions in my mind. What are the consequences for: How would it affect duality i.e. particle, wave property of photons? How does this statement affect the ...
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Are velocity and acceleration smooth quantities?

My thinking: acceleration corresponds to a force which is instantaneous, so the acceleration of a rigid body can be rather spiky (non-smooth) velocity (angular velocity) describes the ratio of ...
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Planck time & length

Why is Planck time the shortest possible duration ever? It's defined as the duration needed by light to travel Planck's length, but surely, give me any number, I can give you a lower number than that? ...
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How could spacetime become discretised at the Planck scale?

I didn't have much luck getting a response to this question before so I have tried to reword and expand it a little: In early 2010 I attended this inaugural lecture by string theorist- Prof. ...
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Is time infinitely divisible? [duplicate]

Simple question (I think). Is time infinitely divisible? I heard that it was, although not from a particularly explanatory source. If so, are we sure that it is, without a shadow of a doubt?
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If time isn't continuous, what is the best-known upper bound on the length of time intervals?

There have been several questions about whether time is continuous or not and it seems like the answer isn't currently known. I know quantum mechanics treats time as continuous and any mathematics ...
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Why is it more convenient to consider spacetime as a continuum?

I often find that phisicists and cosmologists make use of Planck's units. I have read propositions that sound like "...at the level of Planck's units many law of physics break down" "......
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Is the minimum mass of a black hole the planck mass?

Leonard Susskind said "It's thought to be the mass of the smallest black hole that can form" (or something like that when referring to the planck mass in his string theory lectures) and I've always ...
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How do we know that spacetime is uncountable/continuous/etc.?

Every major theory in physics - from classical dynamics, to quantum mechanics, to general relativity - makes assumptions about the structure of spacetime. Among the most common assumptions are that ...
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Can universal continuity be experimentally falsified?

It is an unresolved question whether the universe is discrete or continuous in its intricate quantum level structure. See for example: Is the universe finite and discrete? How could spacetime become ...
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Calculus shouldn't work for describing physics [duplicate]

I am not crazy. Hear me out. I am not from a physics background but from maths. I have a really weird question in physics that is making me lose sleep. How can calculus describe physics? How is it ...
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Planck length implies lattice structure of space? [duplicate]

There is known to be a lower limit on space, which can be derived from the Planck units. It can describe the minimum distance resolvable between two points; but what then would the structure of space ...
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Planck length and space expansion/contraction

Imagine a cubic volume of space, defined today, with edges of the order of the Planck length. As cosmological time goes forward this volume expands so that the edges of the cube expand with the scale ...
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Evidence that “space exists rather than just particles”

What is (theoretical) evidence that you need to define all of space with properties rather than just stating where all particles are? I mean, does every single coordinate x, y, z have a meaning or ...
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At the smallest level, how do things move?

When we see something moving on a screen it's usually just pixels being turned off at one location and turned on at another. For example: This would render a dot moving from A to C. Turn on pixel A,...
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Is the space of possible positions of a particle in QM discrete?

I recently updated my understanding about quantum mechanics from popular science level to basic undergraduate level. What surprised me is that for the quantum state of a particle, the wave function ...
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Atomic unit of time, does it exist? [duplicate]

I am having difficulty understanding time at the most fundamental level, especially I am wondering whether there exists an indivisible unit of time (i.e. whether time at some fundamental level is ...
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Is there a maximum accuracy for positions in the universe?

I was thinking how, since an object in our universe can move from one position to another, it must have passed through all the positions between those two positions. (I am thinking it moved it a ...

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