I understand that there is an equivelency betwween mass and energy and that this occurs at the velocity of light in maximum motion, which is itself a measure of time.
But, I was looking for words, rather than equations, to explain specifically how the exact speed of light (186,286 mps, squared) explains energy conversation and why nothing traveling faster the the SOL can occur.
I guess the real question is: What is light? And, why should it have a maximum speed? And, why is mass and energy tied in with said speed?
The answer must be simple but alludes me. Everyone seems to know the equation.
I'm not a student.... I must have clicked on the wrong expert. I am just someone who ponders things.... Today, this was the subject of the pondering brought on by something said by Micchio Kaku
Thanks for any enlightenment you may have to offer.
What is it about light that is important?
Or, is it simply the speed with which light travels that is important.
These seem to be two different things to me.
Light is not always traveling at its maximum speed. It slows down when it travels through things, such as water, creating, for example, an illusion (refraction) when there is a pencil in a half glass of water.
If light slows down (as it does when it hits the lens of a human eye ((otherwise we could not see... not with the current human visual instrument)) ).... if it slows down, why can it not speed up ad infinitum?