Best Debate so far on my view of e=mc2

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Physics

From Facebook’s Wall —

David Thorpe Newton’s work takes a dump on itself when you test it at the extremities. Nobody in science claims that newtonian mechanics is correct, only that it is a close approximation for everyday speeds and masses.

Rick Gillespie  We shall than agree to disagree. For me the relativity of e=mc2 only applies to acceleration as when two objects are actually related to each other. Which would make sense since the energy would be applied for some limited amount of time. Once applied the mass now has kinetic energy which is much different than the idea of atomic energy. And kinetic energy is right up Newton’s camp. I enjoy the banter and I would like to thank you for replying. For me you just make my point even clearer. But as we all know history repeats itself over and over again. So I would and should imagine the true is not an easy pill to swallow. Just getting to Einstein was arduous never mind correcting him.

Newton’s laws have not been contradicted by any discoveries made since the publication of the Principia. Rather, all subsequent discoveries in physics have presupposed his theory and built on it. His laws have been the rock-solid foundation for the work of every physicist of the past three centuries, and they continue to be applied today in countless ways. […] There are cases where his laws have been torn from the context in which they were discovered and applied to a realm far removed from anything he ever considered. The cases to pertain to bodies moving at near light-speed, which is about ten thousand times the speed of Earth in its orbit around the sun; or they pertain to subtle effects of very strong gravitational fields, none of which could be measured until more than a century after Newton; or they pertain to the behavior of subatomic particles, a realm that physicists did not begin to study until two centuries after Newton. (“Isaac Newton: Discoverer of Universal Laws”, The Objective Standard, Vol. 3, No 1.
Rick Gillespie Just changing velocity to acceleration allows both to work harmoniously.
To state this more simply, If you were to build two large Particle Accelerators(PA1 and PA2) in parallel. PA1 accelerates a particle A to a constant velocity of 99%c in one direction while PA2 accelerates a particle B to a constant velocity of 99%c in the opposite direction. If they passed each other midway after one second how far apart would A be from B? After 2 seconds how far apart would they be? My math says that for each second after they pass the distance between them is 2*99% the distance light travels in one second. So B is traveling nearly 2 times the distance light can travel in one second away from A.

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