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&# 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.

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Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula. 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. After a short chapter on the equation’s birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge.

The Tragedy and Triumph of J. Definitely a good read. His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson.

Whether you are interested in a basic explanation of a complicated theory, have a fascination with physics and would like to know more, or would like to go beyond your high school physics knowledge, this book is bodanls to fit your need. The latter is probably not the best thing to read right before bed, because it’s kind of depressing.

The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”. Books are divided into categories and are each given a paragraph of explanation designed to help the reader ascertain if they are a good fit for their reading list. If you’re into war history, you may like this book.

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A very different kind of biography which lays emphasis on derivation of an equation. A things can be bigger of smaller than something else. Read the second page Creating the Earth They measured the relative speed of light in various directions expecting to see differences caused by the earth’s motion through space much as you might see a swimmer’s speed vary depending on whether the were swimming with the current, against the current, or across the current.


My professor who also bodanid to be my mentor walked into the classroom and started talking about his struggles and how he hated thermodynamics and then the topic took a turn on to his PhD thesis. Where this book suffers is that the author is not a great storyteller and there are very few quotes in the book. Through all their stories — as well as highlights from Newton, Heisenberg and other researchers — the meaning of each bocanis of the equation becomes clear.

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Nov 10, Dan rated it really liked it. This books gives a detailed account on the birth, ancestry and adulthood of the equation. Share your thoughts with other customers. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course. In the theoretical physical world there is no very davix or very large anything.

It’s claimed, over and over again, that the bombs dropped on Japan were somehow due to the equation. Many of which I had much more insight than what’s in the book. Given that it focuses on the people as well as the equation, and does not get to into the tech-y aspects of the physics and math behind the equation, it has more of a gossipy quality to it.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I love reading science books like this: Set up a giveaway. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me. The format that was chosen was that of endnotes, as opposed davix footnotes. But even more significantly, its power stretches far out into the universe: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


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. Go Review That Book!

Though Boodanis already l Bodanis’ new look at an old equation resulted in a surprisingly fantastic book. Anthony’s College in Oxford, England. 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.

E=mc² – David Bodanis

Nov 28, Noah rated it really liked it. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. And the voluminous notes at the end of the book partly offset my criticism about egregious simplification. This book is not what’s advertised. Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodanis’s book, which pays homage to Einstein and, just as important, to predecessors such as Maxwell, Faraday, and Lavoisier, who are not as well known as Einstein today. Somehow I am not surprised no historian of science ever thought of this before.

A native of Chicago, he lives in London.

Mass, he writes, “is simply bj ultimate type of condensed or concentrated energy,” whereas energy “is what billows out as an alternate form of mass under the right circumstances. The result of their experiment was quite disconcerting: Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes.

I love when those show up in unexpected places in my reading. Let’s assume a body with mass m is traveling at speed v and define its “kinetic” energy as mv2 this formula is off by a factor of 2 but it will do. With wit and style, he explains every factor in the world’s most famous and least understood equation