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jnorman34

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- Why “c” is the relationship between energy and mass?

A stupid layperson question-

while it is clear that any given quantity of mass comprises an enormous quantity of energy, I have wondered how could it be that the speed of light is involved in that relationship, rather than some very large, but random constant. It just seems so odd to me that c would just happen to be that constant. Yes, I understand the basic derivation of the equation stems from other equations which include c, but still, it boggles my mind that e, m, and c would be fundamentally related in this way. It is like some insight into the nature of reality that we “know” on the mathematical level but not quite on a philosophical or zen level. Perhaps someof you would share your thoughts on this. Thanks.

while it is clear that any given quantity of mass comprises an enormous quantity of energy, I have wondered how could it be that the speed of light is involved in that relationship, rather than some very large, but random constant. It just seems so odd to me that c would just happen to be that constant. Yes, I understand the basic derivation of the equation stems from other equations which include c, but still, it boggles my mind that e, m, and c would be fundamentally related in this way. It is like some insight into the nature of reality that we “know” on the mathematical level but not quite on a philosophical or zen level. Perhaps someof you would share your thoughts on this. Thanks.