I know how scientists first came to realize that E = MC2, but I do not know why it does. If it didn't, would the matter and energy in the Universe act any differently?
Originally posted by bogdan
(m0*v^2)/2 -> kinetic energy;(Newton)
m*c^2=E - > total energy;...
Yeah, this is maybe more of a philosophy or religion question than a scientific one.Why this is so.... I can't think of any deeper reason now than "it just is."
Originally posted by russ_watters
Yeah, this is maybe more of a philosophy or religion question than a scientific one.
Well, the E=mc^2 comes out of the basic postulates of special relativity, where c is the maximum speed, or conversion factor for space and time.I disagree. this is either mathmatical or physics, NOT philosophy or religion. how can c^2 be discovered and understood by religion? please explain.
Originally posted by damgo
The philosophy/religion part comes when you ask "well why does it work like that?" That's kind of like "why is there a gravitational force that attracts things?" Well... uh... it just is. That's one of those questions you'll have to ask God about, cause we just don't know. :) [/B]
You miss my point. Discovering that it exists doesn't explain WHY it exists. A religious person might say it exists because God created it that way. An athiest might say it exists because if it didn't, we wouldn't be here to dind it. That kind of question and those answers are generally outside the scope of science. Hence, a religious question.I disagree. this is either mathmatical or physics, NOT philosophy or religion. how can c^2 be discovered and understood by religion? please explain.
Yes, thats exactly what I was getting at. "Why" isn't as simple of a question as it seems.There are many questions that can be answered in terms of simpler "elements" or components of a system, but this is often just a different description that may give more accurate predictions, but not an "explanation".
Why does nitrogen scatter blue light? Because the electron shell...
Why do electrons absorb and emit photons? Because...
Bubonic, it just IS.