By September 10, 2013 12 Comments

E=MC2 Is it Wrong?

648070_58872142Probably the most famous equation in the world, but is it infallible? For those who, like me, aren’t physicists, it means the energy or fuel required (the E) to reach the speed of light is equal to the mass (the M) times the speed of light squared (the other bit). Therefore you would need an infinite amount of energy. Obvious, really. So how come only Einstein saw it?

It seems to me, given that our skies are full of visiting aliens in their flying machines, that the aliens have never seen this equation, because to get here, even from our own galaxy, would take thousands of years at sub light speed, yet they’re here.

So how did they prove that famous equation wrong? Obviously if I knew that I’d be very rich and famous. I do however know that the speed of light is variable. Only in a vacuum is it considered to be a constant. When travelling through a medium like water, or near a black hole, it slows down.

As travelling at the speed of slower light has no advantages, is there a similar increasing of light’s speed in other circumstances that someone could take advantage of?

Light can travel so fast because it has no mass. In that case, why  doesn’t it travel even faster? It travels at a modest 299,792,458 metres per second (186,282 miles per second). Why though? What is the magic in that number that won’t let anything break it? If even light can’t travel faster than light, how can we? How can the aliens do it?

Clearly they can’t carry in infinite amount of fuel, even if their fuel takes up very little space. For example, an antimatter fuel tank would be tiny, you only need one atom of it at a time to collide with matter to get a big bang. The apparatus to contain it however would be huge.

How about not carrying any fuel? How would that work? According to scientists, all that empty space isn’t empty at all, it’s full of dark energy and dark matter. We can’t see, smell, touch or taste it, but they assure us that it’s there. It must be otherwise the whole universe would drift apart even faster than it is already.

I tend to be wary of things that can’t be sensed, it’s a bit like ‘the Emperor’s new clothes’. At first it was believed that black holes don’t exist because of course being black they can’t be seen in space. Now they’re common knowledge. While they can’t be seen, their effects can be detected in objects near them. Apparently it’s the same for the dark stuff.

Therefore the aliens may be using an engine that uses this dark matter or dark energy as fuel, thus they have an infinite supply of it. Sure, we think that’s impossible, but many things once thought to be impossible are now in everyday use. Who’d have thought a hundred years ago that someone would invent a machine the size of a bread bin that can warm a bowl of soup to boiling point in just three minutes by using microwaves?

Alternatively maybe they removed the M from the equation by somehow removing the mass of their ship, thus the equation would no longer apply. Everyone reporting seeing a UFO is insistent that it can perform impossible manoeuvres at amazing speeds, without making any sound. To make mass move at such speeds in our atmosphere would take huge amounts of energy.

The UFO that famously didn’t crash at Roswell and wasn’t carried off by the military isn’t hoped to be reverse engineered to discover how it works. I can’t help getting the idea that for us at our technological level trying to understand the workings of a UFO is like a monkey trying to mend a watch. Even the material that it wasn’t made of is beyond our understanding. We do now though have memory plastics that are light and shiny and when crumpled up and released they revert back to their original shape.

No chance that idea came from Roswell, I suppose. It’s a start. All that’s left to do now is learn how to make an engine and whatever stops the aliens being splashed all over the interior of their ship whenever they make one of those ultra high speed turns, because those sorts of Gs are impossible for us to survive, we pass out at about 6 Gs, though pilots can be trained to go up to around 10 Gs but only for a couple of seconds. The sorts of Gs created by a UFO in one of those fast turns is in the thousands.

Obviously in Star Trek they have the inertia dampener to prevent crew splattering. Sadly though, and it may come as a shock to Trekkies, Star Trek is fictional. OK, the cell phone was created by Martin Cooper as a result of being inspired by the Star Trek communicator, but we’re still waiting for someone to build a transporter that won’t turn us into mush.

Why won’t a transporter work? Well, probably a machine that can transport say, a brick, from A to B is possible but a brick doesn’t have things like a brain full of thoughts and memories that all have to be put back in before reaching B. How can a machine possibly recreate what took millions of years of evolution to perfect?

We don’t even know yet how human memory works. The transporter would also have to, upon depositing us at B, restart us with ‘the spark of life’ and that’s not easy, that usually only happens at conception. We don’t know how that works either.

So the equation stands. We may not like it but we can’t argue with it. Maybe tomorrow.



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  1. Mohammad Shafiq Khan says:

    E=m c(square) has been mathematically, theoretically & experimentally proved as baseless and openly challenged on the basis of published scientific articles. Following is the open challenge which everyone could see at and

    The article ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’ by Albert Einstein is based on trickeries is proved beyond any doubt whatsoever in the articles (1). Experimental & Theoretical Evidences of Fallacy of Space-time Concept and Actual State of Existence of the Physical Universe published in the peer-reviewed journal namely Indian Journal of Science & Technology (March 2012 issue) available on (2) On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies By Albert Einstein is Based on Trickeries (Open letter to Professors, Teachers, Researchers and Students of Physics) published in peer-reviewed journal Elixir Online Journal The Voigt transformation was simply a mathematical possibility which was changed by Lorentz by introducing the Lorentz factor but the Lorentz factor is simply a manipulation. Thus nature and forces in nature were trivialized and made subservient to mathematics in the theories of relativity, Big Bang Theory, Space-time concept and in all physical sciences which are directly or indirectly based on the ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’. It is unfortunate for humanity that exposing these trickeries took more than one hundred years.
    I openly challenge all the professors, researchers & teachers of physics/philosophy of physics to come forward & show me where I am wrong or else they have to accept that they are teaching incorrect physics based on trickeries.

    My challenge may not be treated as a publicity stunt, but I sincerely wish that truth should prevail on this planet and am expecting identical response from all truth loving people/intellectuals. I do understand that it is hard for mainstream physicists to reconcile with the alternative philosophy; though actual and factual; as almost all the living physicists and researchers are borne, brought up and taught physics which is fundamentally incorrect. Their livelihood is based on the physics which has been adopted as the result of fraud, but these material interests should never be a stumbling block to acknowledge the reality, which to my understanding is the essence of scientific thinking and honest living for the betterment of entire human society.

    I have not an iota of doubt that sooner or later the truth will prevail, but it would be in the interest of humanity that truth is accepted now so that humanity comes out of clutches of materialism which in itself is naked atheism.
    Mohammad Shafiq Khan.

    I would like to keep you informed that the open challenge has been sent to almost all professors of physics & universities of the world and so far two retired professors of physics namely Jeremy Dunning-Davies of Hull University & Brian Cole of Columbia University accepted the challenge but both of them finally failed to show a single error in the articles on the basis of which open challenge has been put forward. In this regard exchange of articles between me & Jeremy is available on vixra, General Science Journal & Elixir Online Journal. Open challenge is standing as on date.

  2. John Sims John Sims says:

    Thank you for your input, it’s always welcome.

  3. Mikka says:

    Einstein’s theory was dubbed wrong years ago… though he was a genius, it’s now considered E=MC to the 3rd power.

  4. John Sims John Sims says:

    E=MC3 is more poetic too 🙂

  5. B V Joshi says:


    E=mc2 is wrong and it is explained that a very small value (delta) amount of mass remains with the energy. That mass and energy are one and the same existing in two forms.
    Now if we imagine that an enormous amount of energy is condensed, contrary should happen i.e. the resultant mass should be accompanied with a very small (delta) amount of energy.

    Am I correct

  6. Hamilton says:

    You’re initial assumption that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light needs to be stated more specifically. When physicists say this they mean, very specifically, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light if we measure both the distance travelled and the time it took to travel there in the laboratory frame. You can in fact travel to a location, (for example let’s say seven), light years away in fewer than seven years of the traveller’s time.

    However, from the perspective of the traveler, time dilates. Consequently, it’s theoretically possible to accelerate at 1g away from the earth, travel several light years away, and return in a person’s lifetime. The only flaw to all this is that the traveller will find that upon their return several thousand years will have passed on the Earth. Most physicists are aware of this and Martin Aircraft was too, (see the post linked to from my comment).

  7. Dean H. Cross says:

    Not a physicist but….the conclusion that “you would need an infinite amount of energy” does not make sense.
    If the value on the right is not equal to infinity. ..then the value in the left does not.

  8. Michael Tighe says:

    Science has been trying to prove it wrong since Einstein published and still haven’t succeeded, but the aliens don’t need to know about it because no proof of their existence exists. 

  9. Kanesan says:

    “However, from the perspective of the traveler, time dilates.”

    Hamilton, almost everyone messes up this. Time does NOT change for anyone. It only changes the perception/measure of the time on each other’s clock! Everyone’s own time will run just normal!

  10. r.k. bharki says:

    Your explanation of the equation e=mc2 is incorrect.
    “it means the energy or fuel required (the E) to reach the speed of light is equal to the mass (the M) times the speed of light squared (the other bit). Therefore you would need an infinite amount of energy.”

    The equation refers to the idea that mass and energy are equivalent,that is what the = sign means.A certain amount of energy (e)is equal to the mass of an object (m) times the speed of light (c) squared (superscript 2).

    Actually the equation was originally written ‘in reverse’ as m=e/c2 which made this idea clearer and atomic weapons a surety.

    You are correct that the energy needed to achieve the speed of light in an object with mass (even aliens) is infinite.Another of Einstein’s achievements was to realize that NO objects with mass could do that because they would approach infinite mass as they approached the speed of light, meaning it would take an infinite amount of energy to achieve the speed of light.

  11. I just wanted to know from the physics specialists that when,how and why Einstein’s E=mc2 proved wrong.I want the basic reasons why this is proved wrong in simplified I will be v-grateful to them who is going to answer me this question.

  12. Akash says:

    In india it is fomous that god him self came in the form of stone and we call that as ‘swayambhu’.In that case energy is converted into mass,i.e.,energy from air to mass.Then up to what extent does e=mc2 supports that statement.

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