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Nick
Why is it that the amount of energy of mass has anything to do with the cosmic "speed limit?" Why did God choose that number (c squared)
for the basis of energy of matter and not some other?

Confused2
http://www.biocrawler.com/encyclopedia/Mass

The equation

E^2/c^2 = m^2 c^2 + p^2 (in various forms) seems to be 'fundamental' .. I'd be pleased to hear of any possible 'derivation' of it.
Guest_yesitdid
For that you will require a degree in mathematics and a study of Einstein's theories of relativity.
Drude
QUOTE
Why is it that the amount of energy of mass has anything to do with the cosmic "speed limit?" Why did God choose that number (c squared



it is not certain if it is actually c and not some other special case whose one predominant approximation is with c. Einstein chose it and it was Rudolf Hertz and Maxwell who first realzied the significance of c constant; God is either too busy to care, or to nonexistant to effect any change.
Confused2
To Guest_yesitdid,

You say: (of the equation quoted)
For that you will require a degree in mathematics and a study of Einstein's theories of relativity.

Under the circumstances the required axioms would be most welcome .. I would be content to accept that the derivation is possible..

To Drude,

Shouldn't you be breast-feeding the young Ozwald or something?

-C2.

Nick
QUOTE (Drude+May 18 2006, 10:02 PM)
QUOTE
Why is it that the amount of energy of mass has anything to do with the cosmic "speed limit?" Why did God choose that number (c squared



it is not certain if it is actually c and not some other special case whose one predominant approximation is with c. Einstein chose it and it was Rudolf Hertz and Maxwell who first realzied the significance of c constant; God is either too busy to care, or to nonexistant to effect any change.

Blame God for our ignorance?

That's a prize.

All I have to say is why is the speed of light involved with apparently disparate things like the amount of energy contained in mass? Why should the speed limit squared be the energy? What would make God choose that?

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