Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 13:04:29 -0500


Subject: Re: warp speed? -Reply

I admit, this will ID me as a real ST goob, but the warp scale is

logarithmic or exponential in nature, not simply three times or four

times. The way the ST producers and writers have set the scale up now

places warp 9.5 as the limit for warp speed, warp 10 being infinite

speed, i.e., being at all points in the universe at once.


On Mon, 12 Feb 1996, Elizabeth Gregory wrote:

I agree that the source seems to be _Star Trek_, in which the term

"warp" is used to describe traveling at the speed of light--for

example, traveling at Warp Factor 3 would be three times the speed of

light (parallel to the use of "mach" in aviation to refer to flying at

the speed of sound). Incidentally, if you're not moving at warp speed,

your speed is described as "space normal."

Elizabeth Gregory

Assistant Professor and

Extension Commmunications Specialist

Department of Agricultural Communications

Texas A&M University