Sunday, July 17, 2005

We're Full Of It

So, I have been reading Bill Bryson's "Short History Of Nearly Everything,"and he actually has a comprehensible description of Einstein's principle theories, including the general theory of relativity. That theory basically posits that energy and matter are related. As Bryson puts it "Energy is liberated matter; matter is energy waiting to happen." Hence, the E=mc squared formulation (i.e., energy equals mass times the speed of light squared)

How does that apply to us as humans? Bryson answers the question. Next time you complain that you are "tired," consider this: the matter that makes up the average human body contains 70,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules of potential energy. How much is that? According to Bryson, that potential energy is equivalent to the force of 30 hydrogen bombs. If this doesn't stop a prankster physicist from lighting his farts near particle accelerators, I don't know what would.


Blogger Sharfa said...

I'll never complain about being tired again. That last line had me roaring.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Magazine Man said...

So, then we COULD all be turned into batteries just like in the Matrix? Good to know...

Bryson rules. Short History made me feel I could actually understand science, some day...

8:25 PM  

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