Albert Einstein

Physicist

University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 71

CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland

Albert Einstein

Physicist

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### Albert Einstein

Physicist

University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 71

CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland

# Mass-energy equivalence

In physics, mass–energy equivalence is the concept that the mass of an object or system is a measure of its energy content. For instance, adding 25 kilowatt-hours (90 megajoules) of any form of energy to any object increases its mass by 1 microgram (and, accordingly, its inertia and weight) even though no matter has been added. A physical system has a property called energy and a corresponding property called mass; the two properties are equivalent in that they are always both present in the same (i.e. constant) proportion to one another. Mass–energy equivalence arose originally from special relativity as a paradox described by Henri Poincaré. The equivalence of energy E and mass m is reliant on the speed of light c and is described by the famous equation: E = mc^2 [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass%E2%80%93energy_equivalence)

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