E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation. David Bodanis, Author Walker & Company $25 (p) ISBN David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. Not only did it trace the ancestry of E=mc2, but it provided the best biography of women in the. Praise. “This is not a physics book. It is a history of where the equation [E=mc2] came from and how it has changed the world. After a short.
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Sure, it’s “born” whenever the person invents it, but equations can’t exactly grow up, marry and die, at least not in the way living things can. And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein’s background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him bidanis idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.
Alas, nothing in the preceding paragraphs or pages warrants these bold statements: When endnotes are used, there is absolutely no indication within the text that there is a back of the book furtherance of the topic-two members of our book club did not even realize they were there and thus missed the opportunity to add to their reading experience. This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the mmc2 or by someone connected to the subject. So not written for a PhD engineer.
It got me thinking. Another thing I find grating in a science book is that Bodanis loves to talk about God whenever given half a chance. The next sections follow the “life” of the equation from its early days through current applications – from discussions of space-time to the atomic bomb to black holes to a mention of the unifying theory.
In fairness, this merits three stars. The format that was chosen was that of endnotes, as opposed to footnotes.
It should be possible to write a book that explains the science without simplifying to the point of misleading. It turns out that this simple equation is a lot more interesting than it first looks. Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city. Covering this much scientific ground is hard to get right in a page book.
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What do they mean, and how do they interact with each other? This is now an absolute favorite of mine! Scientists are used to think in straight lines, Bodanis posits, but in church the circle is more important: E is for Energy 3.
The book is a well written biography, and if you are interested in the history of science you will probably enjoy it. In addition, it boranis motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced history of World War II.
Aug 22, Sally Ewan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ll say it – biographies are generally a bore, so you would think that a biography about a physics equation would be worse than televised Bingo. There was even a WW2 commando raid! A few years ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine.
Then he pointed at a few of us and made us sweat in shame by asking if we have ever gone through his library collection which, btw, can be accessed by anyone of his students. May 22, Tonjo Wouters rated it really liked it.
E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
Bern Patent Office, Part 2: Definitely a good bofanis. It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top Dangerous covert operations were conducted just to keep the right kind of water out of the wrong hands.
Topics Science and nature books. He plots the course of the equation through the twentieth century, showing how our lives have been revolutionized by its applications; and looks far ahead to the future.
This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, Bodanis tops off his two leveled read with one final feat-he has a website to which he directs the serious student for further, more in depth, study.