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?
Maybe I am in the wrong section to be asking this question but why the 'c^2' bit. Is this just because it is a large number or does it have a larger significance to the relationship between mass and energy[?]Originally posted by bogdan
(m0*v^2)/2 -> kinetic energy;(Newton)
m*c^2=E - > total energy;...
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.
I agree with this. I just wanted to add somenthing.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".