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Energy

  • Kevin Mequet
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Abstract

In its most basic sense, life is energy conversion. In a way, being or reality itself is also energy. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein demonstrated the convertibility of mass and energy that is captured in the famous formula, E = mc2, where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light, which is 186,000 miles per second. Energy is fundamental to everything we are and everything we do.

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Nuclear Fission National Ignition Facility Cheap Energy Thermal Coal Wood Exploitation 
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Notes

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© Clayton Crockett & Jeffrey W. Robbins 2012

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  • Kevin Mequet

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