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My brain has a very hard time grasping the idea of time crystals.....

A time crystal or space-time crystal is a state of matter that repeats in time, as well as in space. Normal three-dimensional crystals have a repeating pattern in space, but remain unchanged as time passes. Time crystals repeat themselves in time as well, leading the crystal to change from moment to moment.


masque wrote (edited )

I am not a physicist, but "a repeating pattern in time" sounds this crystal structure changes over time but keeps returning to its initial state periodically in a predictable pattern, like a perfectly looping gif. This seems neat, and apparently somewhat unexpected, but it's maybe not as confusing as "time crystals" makes it sound.


Bezotcovschina wrote

Wow, now I'll be obsessed with time crystals for at least a week.