I have always had trouble appreciating E=mc^2 because I can't relate C^2 to a physical process, like velocity or acceleration. How should one imagine the dimensional characteristics of C^2?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Along the same vein, is E=mc^2 a mathematical conversion only, or does C^2 describe an actual process by which mass can be converted to energy? e.g. spin 1 piece of matter around a cyclotron at a speed approaching C and another piece of matter in the opposite direction at a speed approaching C so that when they collide they will hit at C^2?

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# E=mc^2 can C^2 be described as a physical process?

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