Re: Another Matter,

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Apr 09, 2002 at 23:06

Re: Another Matter, (Dogrock)

You're being misled. There is no loss of mass in combustion; every particle, down to the last quark, can be accounted for. It is the chemical energy of bonds being rearranged that produces the heat of combustion.

If you don't believe me, why don't you figure out how much mass disappears when a log of wood is burned, and you figure out how much energy, using Einstein's equation which has been tried and proven, would be produced when that much matter is annihilated. A large forest fire whould be able to produce enough energy to destroy all life on Earth, I estimate.

The only process to my knowledge whereby matter has actually been converted to energy is nuclear disintegration in the form of atomic destruction due to the deliberate acts of humans, and whatever nuclear reactions drive stars. There may have been some effective experiments in places like Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, but this can really only be inferred and imputed by what got loose accidentslly from time to time and had to be covered up with copious latherings of money.

You're welcome to proceed logically from a fallacious premise all you like; I'm not going to throw myself in your way to stop you. But I'd suggest you get at least a high school chemistry book and read up on chemical combustion and nuclear disintegration, and furthermore the experimentally tested and verified relationship between the destruction of matter in this universe and the resultant energy produced in that conversion.

Nuclear annihilation has nothing to do with combustion, and vice versa. But you're welcome to try and reinvent the physics that governs chemical interactions and nuclear annihilation, if you can. It should be an interesting show. I promise not to interfere again.

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