There's some measure of hope that humanity will be able to discover shortcuts in the universe because physics permits shortcuts, and water is a great case in point. So are books, for that matter, when you get out of the restrictions of linear thought. Yes--the dimensional physics of books is a matter of physics. But here's an article about water and its Mpemba Effect.
Decades after a Tanzanian teenager initiated study of the “Mpemba effect,” the effort to confirm or refute it is leading physicists toward new theories about how substances relax to equilibrium.Quanta Magazine