Talk:E=mc²

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Huh? Equinox 19:03, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Is there anything wrong? --Daniel 00:29, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
It is a formula, made of variables and operators. Silly thing to have here. Equinox 13:55, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Admissible[edit]

This isn't a word or a phrase, it's a formula. It contains no words. What possible justification is there? It's well-known, but so is 1+1=2. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:34, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

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E=mc²[edit]

Not a word or a phrase in any language, in fact it contains no words. I'd rather have ee equals em cee squared, as that at least contains words, and is part of a natural language. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:36, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Agree. This is Wikipedia stuff. Besides, there are no citations showing a usage as word. Our mission does not include equations. --Hekaheka (talk) 15:49, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
See also discussion of F=ma above. That should go, too. --Hekaheka (talk) 15:51, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Delete per my comments at F=ma. It is not the kind of language a dictionary does, or should, deal with. In general we suffer from "scope creep" where contributors want to include stuff that ought to be in Wikipedia, TVTropes, or whatever. Equinox 16:48, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Delete. Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV 16:49, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Keep. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck- this isn't E=mc², folks... Chuck Entz (talk) 19:40, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
What does this mean? Mglovesfun (talk) 20:02, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
"This isn't E=mc²" is a variant of "this isn't rocket science". Chuck Entz (talk) 20:21, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Never heard of it, but that would be a little ironic; E=mc² isn't terribly complicated. Mglovesfun (talk) 20:24, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Maybe not complicated, but incomprehensible without specialized knowledge. My main point was that E=mc² is used as a symbol of the arcane/mysterious, but powerful aspects of science. The current definition is more like etymological information to go with senses of that sort than a proper definition for our purposes. As for the phrase itself, I've heard it used, but it seems to be pretty rare, and probably is dated, too: relativity seems a bit ordinary compared to the bizarre concepts that have come since E=mc² was the leading edge of science and Einstein was a huge celebrity. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:05, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
The current definition of E=mc² doesn't really help understanding "this isn't E=mc²". IMO, the sentence itself deserves an entry, but not the formula.Xavier, 00:17, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
Correction: Keep, per Chuck Entz, and add a second sense for the implied meaning. See google books:"is the e mc2 of" for example. — Xavier, 00:26, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
keep -- Liliana 20:06, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Why? Mglovesfun (talk) 20:40, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Keep. There is an entire chapter on the symbolic value of the formula in Martin Kemp, Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon (2011), p. 307-339. Also:
    1999, Mary Lynn Damhorst, Kimberly A. Miller-Spillman, Kimberly A. Miller, The Meanings of Dress, p. 351:
    • "Beauty isn't about looking young." OK, so it's not E=mc² or even Newton's apple. But coming as it does from a top cosmetics company, it does represent an attitude readjustment that makes Saul's change of heart on the road to Damascus look like a passing fancy.
  • Cheers! bd2412 T 01:12, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
I would like to keep this one. But I'm not really sure why. SemperBlotto (talk) 08:14, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
    • For one thing, if you do a Google Books search for "the E=mc2 of", you'll get hundreds of hits for various other fundamental propositions from fields as diverse as fashion, religion, advertising, biology, and politics. For example:
      2010. Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, p. 154:
      • If conditioned arising was the e = mc² of Gotama's vision, the eightfold path was his first move in translating that axiom from an abstract principle into a civilizing force.
    • Cheers! bd2412 T 16:12, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Here are some more examples that I think support a distinct sense:

2006, Jeff Byles, Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition, p. 70:
  • Loizeaux's battle plan remains formidably elegant, the E = MC² of demolition.
2001, Neil Henry, Pearl's Secret: A Black Man's Search for His White Family, p. 282:
  • What counted most through the generations, far more than any other factor, regardless of our race, was how we treated those we loved and how well we loved. That seemed the transcendent lesson or moral that my search had revealed. And it held true whether the figure was my mother or Fredda on one side of our family tree, or Rita or Anna Beaumont on the other. Simple as it was, it was my E = mc².

Cheers! bd2412 T 16:19, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Kept. - -sche (discuss) 20:38, 9 April 2012 (UTC)