Einstein′s Formula

One of the most famous formula, this relates mass lost (m) in a nuclear reaction to energy (E) production, where c = the speed of light.


E = energy [J]
m = mass lost in a nuclear reaction [kg]
c = speed of light [ms-1]

Because the quantity of mass lost is multiplied by a large number, enormous amounts of energy can be produced from a small amount of mass.

See also: Einstein, Albert, Fission, Nuclear Fusion, Velocity of Light in Vacuo.

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Subjects: Physics