In the Stargate SG-1 episode Enigma, Omoc, a Tallon, tries to explain to Daniel how two points can be far until brought together. He demonstrates this using a branch in its natural state, then bending it so the two points touch. Daniel responds with, "Oh. I learned this in freshman physics. You're talking about bending space." Omoc rebuts with, "No. You wouldn't understand."

So if Omoc wasn't talking about bending space-time or just space, then what theory could he have been referring to?

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    That's the joke. Daniel is talking about cutting edge human physics and Omoc just wand-waves that away. – Valorum Jun 7 '14 at 11:37
  • @Richard: I'm not saying you are wrong (in fact: I'm sure you are right), but I don't know about 'cutting edge': General relativity is almost a hundred years old now. It might be cutting edge to the audience (and that's all it needs to be) but theoretical physics has more cutting edge stuff going today! – Einer Jun 7 '14 at 11:48
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    Your tiny human brain could not comprehend it. – BBlake Jun 7 '14 at 13:40
  • @Einer While General Relatively is understood, putting it into practice - actually folding space isn't something humans have mastered. In this case, we rely on alien technology. Beyond cutting edge, from a certain point of view. – Verdan Nov 7 '18 at 19:16

In-universe, we learn that the Tollans claim to have "licked quantum physics", suggesting that their knowledge of physics goes well beyond our own conception of space-time and folded space.

Daniel's interpretation of how their technology works prompts Omoc to smile, as you would if you heard a child explaining why the sky was blue.

Omoc: The distance between these two points seems far, until you do this. (Omoc bends the branch ends together)
Jackson: Oh I know this. One of our scientist talked about this. What you are talking about is folding space.
Omoc: (Smiling humorously) No, you wouldn't understand.
Jackson: I guess not. Let's hope the Nox do.

Theoretically, the Tollans could be talking about using multi-dimensional travel, subspace travel, hyperspacial travel or even parallel universe travel since all of these will appear in later episodes.

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I think it is in reference to relativity and our understanding of wormholes using relativity as a basis, but Omoc meant to say that relativity is a very basic and naive understanding of the universe and the Tollan know what's really going on in terms of physics (which apparently is not folding space).

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  • Welcome to SF&S. This answer doesn't really say anything that isn't already in the question. Can you elaborate or offer some kind of justification? – Valorum Jul 15 '14 at 18:05

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