This has nothing to do with social media or interactive marketing, but I wanted to post it for the betterment of our intellect. Plus I majored in Physics in college – while no genius – I’ve always been intrigued by modern Physics and its accomplishments. And today is a great day for Physics.
Believe or not, the famous Einstein equation, E=mc^2 has always been a hypothesis – until today. Now 103 years after its formulation we have proof that mass is indeed energy. Check out the full story of this announcement:
PARIS (AFP) – It’s taken more than a century, but Einstein’s celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists.
A brainpower consortium led by Laurent Lellouch of France’s Centre for Theoretical Physics, using some of the world’s mightiest supercomputers, have set down the calculations for estimating the mass of protons and neutrons, the particles at the nucleus of atoms.
According to the conventional model of particle physics, protons and neutrons comprise smaller particles known as quarks, which in turn are bound by gluons.
The odd thing is this: the mass of gluons is zero and the mass of quarks is only five percent. Where, therefore, is the missing 95 percent?
The answer, according to the study published in the US journal Science on Thursday, comes from the energy from the movements and interactions of quarks and gluons.
In other words, energy and mass are equivalent, as Einstein proposed in his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905.
Hope you’re as giddy as I am.