# What is the concept of space and time?

## What is the concept of space and time?

Space-time, in physical science, single concept that recognizes the union of space and time, first proposed by the mathematician Hermann Minkowski in 1908 as a way to reformulate Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity (1905). Common intuition previously supposed no connection between space and time.

**How is space and time related to motion?**

The object with mass moves through time, but not space (it is at rest). This ‘motion’ through spacetime is all time, no space. If you move an object from rest, then special relativity states that its clock slows down. In other words, it has given up some of its time ‘velocity’ to move through space.

### Do moving objects bend space-time?

It is still an important point that moving objects do result in space-time curvature and therefore gravity – it is not possible for an observer to be at rest relative to all moving objects. This is true even without using General Relativity.

**Does space-time Tell matter how do you move?**

Einstein’s general theory of relativity can be summed up in just 12 words: “Space-time tells matter how to move; matter tells space-time how to curve”. But this short description from the physicist John Wheeler hides a more complex and profound truth. Special relativity tells us motion warps space and time.

## How does an object move through spacetime?

Minkowski spacetime diagram showing the movement through spacetime of an object standing still (blue) and light (yellow). Image credits: Wikipedia commons. Now, a person standing still in their frame of reference have moved the distance ct on the y-axis.

**Is it possible to move through time and space?**

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it. time coordinate (when). It is impossible to move from one spatial location to another without also moving through time.

### Why do moving objects appear to shrink in size?

(This is why moving objects appear to shrink, as suspected by FitzGerald and Lorentz, and why moving observers may measure time differently, as speculated by Poincaré.) Space and time are relative (i.e., they depend on the motion of the observer who measures them) — and light is more fundamental than either.

**Why does time move slower when an object is in motion?**

An object in motion experiences time dilation, meaning that time moves more slowly when one is moving, than when one is standing still. Therefore, a person moving ages more slowly than a person at rest.