There’s a new book out there, Why Does E=MC2 (and Why Should We Care?), by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. One of Seed’s editors, Elizabeth Cline, took a read through it and wrote about her experiences and what she learned. Is relativity, particle physics, and all the related science really incomprehensible to all except the scientists working on it? Cox and Forshaw don’t think so, and neither do I. So I wrote an article for SEED Magazine here. Here’s an excerpt:
Inside of every atom — every proton, every neutron, every electron, even every neutrino in the Universe — lies the secret of this energy. The idea that we could turn mass into energy brought us an understanding of not only radioactivity, and not just the source of power within Sun, but everything from the bombs of nuclear fission to the hope of clean, pollution-free power from nuclear fusion.
So go read it, and feel free to come back here and discuss!