bpiguy
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# Would Einstein rate a "best answer"?

In 1905, an asker posed this question: "Can matter be transformed into energy?"

One answer said, "No, because both matter and energy are conserved, as basic principles of physics."

Some other guy, named Einstein, wrote a long essay on something called "relativity", containing a formula "e = mc^2", which he says allows matter to be transformed into energy.

No best answer was picked, so it went into voting. After several days, which answer do you think was chosen as best, and why?

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• Anonymous

Of course the one that said no will be voted as best because:

1) Einstein wrote a LONG essay. Who'd wanna read?

2) Einstein was the first to prove that matter can be transformed into energy, before that everyone thought the matter cannot be transformed into energy

3) No one would understand what Einstein said, currently a lot of people still don't understand e=mc².

• Linda
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In 1905 Einstein was about 27 years old, with a mind far above the current scientific thought processes, so I would guess that the first answer you gave was chosen. Einstein would not have rated that answer very high.

I would say that matter can be converted to energy and vice versa. When we make nuclear energy, we are transforming matter into enregy. A small mass of matter can generate vast amount of energy. The inverse is correct too. Lots of energy can be converted into matter, as the big bang showed it It all started with lots of energy in the beginning and today we see all the matter around you. So I would say Einstein was right to suggest that matter can be transformed into energy, but I would add the inverse too, i.e enregy can be converted to matter.

Source(s): A student in Physics.
• Anonymous

Hypothetically if this happened on "Yahoo answers" then probably I would have chosen the first answer "No".......because at the point of time relativity was not proven.

So as any logical person would do the first statement seemed more logical and probable than the second.

We all are mere mortals unlike Einstein/Feynman.

Truth isn't determined by voting. It's way too easy to fool people. It's way too hard to teach people whose minds are already made up. Fortunately, enough people did the hard work to confirm the theories. As to your questions, yes, he rated a "best answer" but probably didn't get one.

• Anonymous

The first one because no one would want to or have the patience to read the long essay.

The first one because no one would want to or have the patience to read the long essay.

• wizard
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there is a law of the conservation of matter. it does not conflict with Einstein..

• ?
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