Yep, I have to say it, can’t deny it, Einstein is my hero!
Here is a guy who chose to follow his intuition, in spite of having to work nearly all left brain logic and being engulfed in conformist, outdated physics theories. Imagine what a challenge this was to bring the awareness of radical new theories, that would change the face of physics forever…in 1925!
Einstein took a whole bunch of crap from the regular, ‘conditioned’ scientific community, who almost saw Einstein’s theories as heresy against the long standing Newtonian concepts. Yet he would not bow or conform because instinctively Einstein knew his formulations were correct (nothing is ever ‘discovered’ as it is already there in energy) . He was such a cool, radical guy! And I LOVE radical!
So what was it that shook the scientific community? What rocked their foundational conceptions? One simple looking formula:
Is that it? Just for stating Energy = Mass x the speed of light squared, the scientific community is having kittens!
What shook them, was that if Einstein was correct, what he had uncovered was:
Mass and energy are the same thing, and you can convert from one to the other using a constant, “c2″, a number whose value is equal to the square of the speed of light.
So matter and energy are really different forms of the same thing. Matter can be turned into energy, and energy into matter.
For example, consider a simple hydrogen atom, basically composed of a single proton. This subatomic particle has a mass of:
0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 001 672 kg
This is a tiny mass indeed. But in everyday quantities of matter this is a lot of atoms! For instance, in one kilogram of pure water, the mass of hydrogen atoms amounts to just slightly more than 111 grams, or 0.111 kg.
Einstein’s formula tells us the amount of energy this mass would be equivalent to, if it were all suddenly transmuted into energy. It says that to find the energy, you multiply the mass by the square of the speed of light, that being 300,000,000 meters per second which is a very large number!
Basically, Einstein was showing:
Energy = EVERYTHING
The previous understanding was called Newtonian Physics. This was theories based on 17th Century Issac Newton’s belief that all things just happened as a result of gravity. Newton said that the Universe was made up of what was believed at the time to be solid objects (atoms) which were attracted towards each other by Gravity.
This theory was further extended in the 19th century to include the structures of atoms believed to be the fundamental building blocks of nature. According to Newtonian ‘s theory, it was believed that atoms were of a solid nature. That is that, the electrons, protons, etc in atoms consisted of a solid mass or solid physical object.
What Einstein’s radical discovery would prove was that these atoms, could be broken down and taken to an even further quantum level. That the subatomic particles which collectively formed the atoms were pure energy. Einstein also believed that this energy he had discovered was in the form of particles, in other words they had an ‘appearance’ of being solid. Einstein’s discovery took the Newtonian Physics theory a step further and determined that these atoms and everything created from them, consisted of sub-atomic particles which at their core are comprised of this pure energy.
This formula was to change the course of history, it introduced Quantum Physics, so now the module of the physical realm looked like:
Cosmos = Universe = Galaxy = Earth = Individuals = Organ Systems = Cells = Molecules= Atoms = Subatomic Particles= Energy
Quantum Physics provided a MUCH DEEPER understanding as to the true nature of the material, physical realm is derived from. Einstein’s discovery proved that ALL things broken down to their most basic form IS pure energy ,that it is this energy which makes up ALL things. how sexy and exciting is that?! What is even more exciting is that the ‘breaking down’ of the physical world is infinite! Even down to your cells, molecules and atoms, they are dividable to infinity, this is known as sacred geometry and the unified field…but that is another blog!