The current conventional view of nuclear fission is that energy is released when unstable matter is struck by energetic particles, sort of like a ball of compressed springs exploding. A similar explanation for release of energy by fission also appears satisfactory under the Universal Lattice Theory. However, release of energy by fusion, the forcing of matter together so that it combines into new types of matter, presents a paradox under current mainstream theory:

In fission, energy is released by blowing matter apart, while in fusion, energy is released by an opposite process of forcing matter together. Attempting to explain how it can be both ways becomes very convoluted under conventional theory. Many would have us believe that matter is converted into energy, a process they claim is described by the famous equation, unjustly attributed to Einstein, E=mc². It should be pointed out that this equation existed long before Einstein was even born – it is merely the classical equation for kinetic energy, *E = mv ^{2 }*(without the constant factor of 1/2 that is customarily included), with the v in the equation being replaced by c which is the velocity of light. All this equation really represents is how much kinetic energy a mass traveling at the speed of light would have. If one believes (erroneously in this author’s view) that the speed of light is some universal speed limit that cannot be exceeded, then it would represent the maximum amount of kinetic energy that a given mass could have. To interpret this equation as meaning that mass and energy are equivalent or convertible is an egregious misuse or misunderstanding of mathematics. Nevertheless, it is claimed that mass is lost in nuclear fusion processes. How can a loss of mass accompanied by a release of energy be explained in a sensible manner?

Perhaps fusion is the same process previously described by which matter is destroyed by black holes by being compressed into the lattice by intense gravitational pressure, except that the intense pressure is artificially created by explosive compression or collisions between particles at extreme temperatures. This would account for the disappearance of matter, and the release of energy which is caused by disruption of the lattice structure, with the energy propagating as compression waves in the lattice.