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Is "lover's leap" a pun here?

 
 
Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2013 10:05 pm

Lover's leap usually implies a tragic omen for the lovers, but in the context below, it seems having been used in a humorous way to forbode a good luck.


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Wormhole entanglement gives space-time the bends

26 July 2013 by Adam Becker, Santa Cruz


Read more: Quantum romance: Wormhole unites star-crossed lovers

SPACE-TIME, the very fabric of our universe, may be a tangled place. Entanglement, a feature of quantum mechanics that links objects over great distances, could be responsible for its structure. What's more, entanglement may fill the universe with a thicket of cosmic tunnels called wormholes.

All these ideas fall out of a new theory that is making inroads into unifying gravity, which operates on large scales, with quantum mechanics, the science of the very small. A successful theory of quantum gravity is one of the biggest goals of modern physics.

The theory also raises the bizarre possibility of using wormholes to enable a futuristic version of a lover's leap. Two people separated by hundreds of light years could in principle meet inside an "entanglement wormhole". But their love had better be strong: there is no escape from a quantum wormhole, forcing the pair to stay together until they ...
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Reply Fri 9 Aug, 2013 12:48 am

Normally a "lover's leap" refers to a high place from which someone can commit suicide by jumping to their death.

There are a variety of stories about such suicides. Sometimes it is a couple choosing to die together to avoid a more unpleasant fate.

Sometimes it is someone committing suicide because the person they love, loves someone else.

Sometimes it is someone committing suicide because the person they love has died.

Sometimes there is no story of a suicide at a particular spot, and it is just called a lover's leap because it has potential for suicidal jumping.



This line from the article sounds a bit ominous:

"But their love had better be strong: there is no escape from a quantum wormhole, forcing the pair to stay together until they ..."

First, it directly states that the pair will never be able to escape, meaning they are cut off from the rest of the universe forever.

And second, it sounds a bit like the article is describing the inside of a Black Hole. If that is the case, it would mean that not only would escape be impossible, but they would be inexorably drawn into the center and crushed into an infinitely small volume.

If the article isn't talking about the inside of a Black Hole, simply being cut off from the rest of the universe forever would still be a fairly unpleasant fate.
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Reply Fri 9 Aug, 2013 05:19 pm
@oralloy,
Excellent!
Thanks.
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