Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world

                                                         -- Albert Einstein

E=mc² vs. Quantum Mechanics

The Theory of Relativity (E=mc²) and Quantum Mechanics have an interesting commonality.

They both do a good job of explaining the properties of the universe, yet both theories contradict each other at opposite ends.  The theory of relativity explains the large scale (stars, galaxies, etc.) very well, but "falls apart" in the subatomic level, while quantum physics experiences the opposite.

The essential difference is that the theory of relativity relies on cause and effect (sometimes referred to as ‘billiard ball’ mechanics), while Quantum mechanics is found on the principle of randomness (chance), which essentially suggests that:  

1) anything can happen


2) nothing is impossible. 

"It (QP) is a picture in which many concepts fundamental to our intuitive understanding of reality no longer have meaning."  

What the science-world is currently waiting for is a single theory that will iron out the crease between these two theories (and then some). 

That theory will be the Holy Grail of physics and it will be called The Unification Theory. 

Currently, the best science we have is called M-theory, which is actually a few different laws (it's an extension of string theory) put together that cover what we need to know, but there is no '1' final equation or law to explain the 'Theory of Everything'. 


The meaning behind this simple equation is so incredible that it has vaulted our world from the Newtonian age into the technology driven community that it is today.  Cell phones, laser-eye surgery, satellites, computers[1], and nuclear weapons[2] are only a few of the things that we have created from the knowledge learned from physics. 

Unfortunately, there is a much greater lesson to be learned within this equation, the feature that reveals so much about the status of the universe and ourselves, has gone relatively unnoticed.  This is a consequence of being given powerful information and doing with it - what we please. 

Unsurprisingly, what we have done with it has been a reflection of our collective consciousness. 

Regarding ethics:  “In this model the scientist as an individual and the community of scientists in general occupy a morally neutral position, with no responsibility for the fruits of what they have discovered.”[3]

Physics is the key to understanding how the universe 'is', and is the best language we have to assist ourselves in the most important of all understandings - to know thyself.


And, in order to do that:  What you need to know from Physics is:


Light = Energy

Energy = Mass

Mass = Gravity

And therefore: Light = Energy = Mass = Gravity


[1] “Atomic-scale computers that exploit the bizarre rules of quantum physics have the potential to process enormous quantities of data far more quickly than today’s devices… The key difference is that quantum bits can take on fuzzy values: not just 1 or 0, but in some sense everything in between at the same time.”  (Discover – Jan /Feb 2010)

[2] "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive." -- Albert Einstein - (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

[3] The Universe in a single atom, HH The Dalai Lama.  “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.  -- Thomas Edison