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Mass i.e. matter, and energy aren't the same thing, just as men and women are both human but fundamentally different.
It depends upon whether you accept magical transformations or not.
I would rather guess that the energy is...
Mass i.e. matter, and energy aren't the same thing, just as men and women are both human but fundamentally different.However, one way of looking at Einstein's E = mc2 is to view it as the ratio between energy and matter, and this gives a clue as to why matter collisions are used instead of photon containment chambers: energy is much more 'dilute' when compared with matter, by the ratio of c2 and you'd have to generate and contain correspondingly high energy photons to do anything worthwhile.Furthermore, using matter particles in an accelerator allows us to start with an already high energy density that we can then increase further by accelerating them to relativistic speeds, which we couldn't do with photons because they are already traveling at 'c'.
What's the point of discussing anything if you're going to start invoking magic?