A non-scientist, I have neither seen nor heard a serious effort to explain the meaning of “e” equals “m” times “c” square/ energy = mass times the speed of light multiplied by the speed of light. To me this formula attributed to A. Einstein says that mass and energy are equal. Since no visible object is motionless all objects have varying degrees of energy dependent upon their velocity; for mass and energy vary according to an object’s speed/velocity/movement.Visible objects with very little energy move much slower than the speed of light. Objects traveling at the speed of light 30,000 kilometers a second, the fastest velocity possible have an infinite mass and are infinitely inert. They become immovable and motionless. A clock moving at the speed of light would stop; a ruler traveling at the speed of light would shorten and disappear.

Ronald C. Lasky, director of the Cook Engineering Design Center at Dartmouth College, explains the significance behind this hallowed equation:

It is the most famous equation in the world. Many can recite it—and attribute it to Albert Einstein—but few know its significance.

It tells us that mass and energy are related, and, in those rare instances where mass is converted totally into energy, how much energy that will be. The elegance with which it ties together three disparate parts of nature—energy, the speed of light and mass—is profound…

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