Q: Bio & E=mc2

Bill Purves purves at THUBAN.AC.HMC.EDU
Sat Oct 28 23:59:36 EST 2000

>Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 02:47:40 +0000 (GMT)
>From: hesperaloe at aol.com (HesperAloe)
>Subject: Q: Bio & E=mc2
>Sender: owner-plant-ed at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
>To: plant-ed at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk

>I was talking about Conservation of Matter in a plant bio. course for
>non-majors and made the point that equations always need to be balanced.  One
>bright student pointed out that E=mc2 suggests matter can sometimes be
>converted to energy.
>My question: Are there any biology applications to this equation?  Or is this
>equation irrelevant to biologists?

I believe it is safe to say that there are no applications of that
famous equation to biology--unless one wants to consider the
origin of sunlight a biological question, which I don't, important
as that light is, biologically ;-)

Lots of years ago, by the way, I wondered whether biophysicists
might ever need to consider relativistic corrections for high
velocities.  However, even in the fastest ultracentrifuge, 
correction for the velocity would be negligible.


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