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E=mc2The Story Behind Einstein's Immortal Equation |
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by Dr. Rajen Barua |
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It has been more than a century ago that Albert Einstein arrived at his immortal equation E=mc ^{2} can easily be deduced from Einstein's prophetic statement. Importantly, Einstein was the first to have correctly deduced the mass–energy equivalence formula for the entire universe. Instead of proof, he made the statement that the validity of the equation may be tested by experiments.Nearly all previous authors thought that the energy that contributes to mass comes only from electromagnetic fields. It may be said that while others were trying to write papers based on their mathematical derivations, Einstein was trying to find a natural law for the universe. That is where his greatness lies. In this proposal, we see that Einstein's solution to the problem was simple and at the same time very profound. More than a mathematical genius, it shows his courage of imagination and the purity of thought. What may be the secret of his great success? When asked, he used to say, " I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious". While it shows his humility, it also show a truth about what his being passionately curious. He was indeed passionately curious about solving the problem. He was not concerned about time. His chasing the riddle of light for ten years proves that As we see, Einsteinan used imaginative 'thought experiments' and was working all by himself in isolation to other professional physicists. In this case, we may say that he could solve the problem because he already sensed the answer through his imagination. He was just looking for the process that will give him the answer. And the process told him that in order to find the answer he was looking for, he must take the velocity of light c as a universal constant.Einstein himself often used to say that " Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." In his evolution of the mass and energy equivalence, we clearly see how this is true. While the knowledge was available to all the scientists, it was only Einstein who could solve the puzzle with his imagination. As we see, his hypothesis that the speed of light is constant relative to everything was evolved not out of intense mathematical analysis but it came out of his his strength of imagination and his courage to think against the flow. |
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23-Jul-2017 |
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