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The Equation Today


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It's hard to imagine how something that was groundbreaking a century ago could still be at the core of groundbreaking activity today. After all, the world has changed a lot since 1905, when Einstein formulated special relativity. But much of the most advanced contemporary research in physics is still actively harnessing E = mc2 and building on its lessons. To underscore this point, we asked three of the most promising young physicists in the country to describe how E = mc2 plays out in their work.

Stephon Alexander

 

Quantum Contemplations
by Stephon Alexander

"Even at age five, I was in awe of my natural surroundings, and I constantly wondered about the world around me, just like I do today."

Michael Kelsey

 

It's All Relative
by Michael Kelsey

"The mathematics and physical reality of Einstein's relativity suffuse every aspect of the particle physics experiments I do every day, from the production of the beams we collide, to the analysis of the data that comes out of the detector."

Caolionn O'Connell

 

Riding the Wave of E = mc2
by Caolionn O'Connell

"Had I known I could be working on such cool projects in particle physics, I would have been a much better student in Mr. Schleunes's calculus class."


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