This legendary equation, part of the theory of relativity set forth by Einstein in April 1905, changed our understanding of nature at the most fundamental level. "c" is the speed of light. It is the ultimate speed in the universe; nothing can go faster. "m" stands for mass. For centuries after Newton it was believed that mass is absolute. But Einstein's equation revealed that mass is yet another form of energy, "E", that can change to other forms — kinetic, gravitational, chemical, thermal, nuclear — and back again to mass. Come learn the meaning of the world's most famous equation, as we explore energy, mass, matter, antimatter, and those pesky missing pieces of the universe: dark matter and dark energy.
About the series: Ask a Scientist is an informative, entertaining science lecture series, held at a San Francisco cafe. Each event features a speaker on a current topic, a short presentation, and the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. No tests, grades, or pressure…just food, drinks, socializing, and conversation about the universe’s most fascinating mysteries!
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Added by fourquarts on November 9, 2006