Jan 8, 2018

Does God exist? He does, according to Einstein


In 1905, a simple engineer employed as an assistant examiner at the Swiss patent office in Bern published a paper that would become one of the pillars of the modern theoretical physics. Of course, his name was Albert Einstein and the paper was the first of his two papers called The Theory of Relativity.

From this first paper, named after The Special Theory of Relativity, Einstein proved that everything is relative or better said subjective. He showed that if you are travelling in a train or sitting beside it, many physical measurements, such as time, distance and mass, vary. Contrary to common intuition, time goes slower in a fast train if you are observing the time from outside. Or even worse, if you measure something in a moving train, it would look shorter.

So, as a joke, if you take a very fast train, maybe one that Elon Musk is building, you might live longer, but you won't be as tall.

From this paper, as a corollary, in the same year, he published another paper, only three pages long, where he deduced the most famous equation of all time, E = mc2.

In this formula, E is the energy, m is the mass, and c is the speed of light, which is a constant.

From this equation, we can deduce that the energy of an object is equivalent to its mass and that, at least in theory, one can be transformed into the other, and the reverse.

Unfortunately, this would be proven right with the development of the atomic bomb that causes a huge amount of energy to be created from a small quantity of matter using a uranium chain reaction.

What does all this have to do with God?

We read in Genesis that God created the whole universe from nothing. Of course, this cannot be true as from nothing comes nothing, at least if the physics law we are used to is still valid.

But there is still another option: mass can be created from energy or, at least, so Einstein taught us.

We can assume that, at the beginning of time, all that existed was a huge amount of energy, maybe an infinite amount, and, if we like, we can call this energy God.

Then, at a certain time, through a certain process we might never understand, a cosmic event took place that converted part of this energy into everything that surrounds us.

We can call this event The Big Bang. Or we can call it The Will of God. It does not really matter.

Sources:
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
Albert Einstein and the atomic bomb
Albert Einstein on Wikipedia 


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