The mathematical equation e=mc2
has an aura about it that seems mystical and arcane. But the concept
it expresses is simple. Energy (e) equals mc2 (mass times the speed
of light squared). Mass (matter) turns into energy when it speeds up
to the speed of light. Matter and energy are interchangeable. The
great Isaac Newton suggested the same in written form but not as a
mathematical equation. The same concept was expressed by the ancient
Greek philosopher Heraclitus in different terms. (He used stone for
matter and fire for energy). Einstein's friend and colleague Max
Born (who also was a Nobel prizewinner in physics) claims the
equation was used a year earlier than Einstein by an Austrian
scientist named Fritz Hasenohrl, who is so obscure it's hard to find
information about him even on the internet. He was killed in World
War One before the priority controversy with Einstein arose. This
theory is validated by another (proven) theory: the first law of
thermodynamics, i.e., matter can neither be created nor destroyed,
it can only change form. Matter is only pure energy at a slower
speed. The interchangeability of matter and energy was also proven
by the splitting of the atom. in a ghastly way...utter destruction,
including mass murder. Once again we see that science is both a boon
and a curse to mankind. |