Single entity that relates space and time in a four-dimensional structure, postulated by Albert Einstein in his theories of relativity. In the Newtonian universe it was supposed that there was no connection between space and time. Space was thought to be a flat, three-dimensional arrangement of all possible point locations, which could be expressed by Cartesian coordinates; time was viewed as an independent one-dimensional concept. Einstein showed that a complete description of relative motion requires equations that include time as well as the three spatial dimensions. He also showed that space-time is curved, which allowed him to account for gravitation in his general theory of relativity.

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Continuum (occasionally spelled continuüm) (pl. -tinua or -tinuums) can refer to:

  • Continuum (theory), anything that goes through a gradual transition from one condition, to a different condition, without any abrupt changes or "discontinuities".
  • Continuum (mathematics), the real line, or more generally any space, ordering, or cardinal that shares certain properties of the real line (e.g., "connectedness" or "size").




Popular culture

  • Q Continuum, a parallel existence in the fictional Star Trek universe where omnipotent entities all known as 'Qs' exist.
  • Stargate: Continuum, a direct-to-DVD movie of the Stargate franchise.




  • "Consciousness Continuüm" or the Mindstream (Sanskrit: citta-santāna)


  • Apache Continuum, a continuous integration server for building Java-based projects.
  • Continuum is also a font

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