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Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?

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On this day in 1905, Albert Einstein published the fourth of his annus mirabilis papers in the journal Annalen der Physik. This was the paper that showed mass can be converted into energy, and vice versa. Although the equation is never set out in these terms within this paper, a simple and widely known formulation of the idea, e = mc2, is based on this paper.

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