Most people know this celebrated equation has something to do with Einstein’s theory of relativity, but most nonscientists don’t know what it means. This very. 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. David Bodanis explains Einstein’s most famous equation to Cameron Diaz, and anyone else without a physics degree, in E=mc&#

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May 22, Tonjo Wouters rated it really liked it. It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me. This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics. It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a godanis of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contributed to the formulation of the special relativity theory.

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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, explaining that the universe today is an expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the “dominion of matter” with “a great stillness”–a vision that is at bodaniss lovely and profoundly frightening.

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. View all 5 comments. Want to Read saving…. But as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject – stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that, brought together by Bodanis in this remarkable book, turn Einstein’s seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.


But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomi It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books. 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 an idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.

Oct 11, Gendou rated it it was ok Shelves: Read the second page But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation. There are many types of energy, but they are all basically the same, so if you destroy some chemical energy then you must create an equal amount boadnis energy in some other form.

It also broadly discusses the consequences of this development, with particular attention given to bpdanis race between the Nazis and the US to create the first nuclear bomb.

Bodanis was born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois, and read mathematics, physics and history at the University of Chicago. The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest e=md2. This is now an absolute favorite of mine! Now, if you are looking for a “popular” book on physics that really gets into describing complex e=md2 for the somewhat informed masses, this book may not be for you. The final section, a guide to further reading, is one of the finest source guides I have ever seen. Covering this much scientific ground is hard to get right in a page book.

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E=mc2 by David Bodanis

David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. A very accessible introduction to the ideas behind the equation that everyone knows, but very few actually understand. Just a moment while we sign you in bodanix your Goodreads account.

Description Already climbing the bestseller lists-and garnering rave reviews–this “little masterpiece” sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.


E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation

I am having a hard time not being impressed with myself because this is the second book in the “hard” scientific realm that I have just adored the first being “A Short History of Everything”. Bodais all very thorough and very readable and I had no idea that there was so much that went into and came out of the fact that mass and energy are the same thing in two different forms. Having demystified the equation, Bodanis explains its science and brings it to life historically, making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible.

Are you wondering what BS am I talking? Mar 26, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: David Bodanis Website, [1] Personal Website. And that’s how I took this book from his library at the very next week. Check date values in: But it happens to e=md2 what this book has in it. What Else Einstein Did Appendix: Sure, there’s a 7 microsecond delay due to special relativity from their twice daily orbit around the Earth.

Einstein would have had only a moderate knowledge. Einstein and the Equation 8. Open Preview See a Problem? The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September I didn’t know I could know so much.

However, his research into the properties of light forced him into the realisation that it is the combination of mass and energy that is conserved, and that mass can be bidanis as long it is turned into energy, and vice versa.

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