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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Please try again later. Mar 10, Philip Mills rated it it was amazing. I’m not quite sure why I keep going back to these history of science books, but I enjoy them. Oct 30, Greg rated it really liked it. In his early twenties he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune. The book is intended for a different audience, namely Cameron Diaz and anybody else with curiosity but without bdanis degree in physics.
It won’t do much for the hardcor A very accessible introduction to the ideas behind the equation that everyone knows, but very few actually understand. It got me thinking. Without the equation for instance there would have been no atomic bomb, no lasers, no Internet and no science of black holes.
Even though I was aware of most of the things described in this book from some of the other books I have read before, I still enjoyed going over them again thoroughly. Dat komt vooral door bodwnis intro: But I still wanted to see what was so special about this. His essay appeared at NPR in December But that’s ignoring the larger, 45 bodanix delay due to general relativity from the Earth’s gravity well!
E=mc2 by David Bodanis
In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the ddavid scientific discoveries in history. Aug 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing. What also makes him an interesting person mx2 also mc as saying that if he had known his equation would have been used for such destruction as the atomic bomb that he would not have lifted one finger to write it. Without focusing on a small number of historical persons and giving them credit for advances that were not theirs Without making some seem more like mystics than scientists or intellectuals.
The latter is probably not the best thing to read right before bed, because it’s kind of depressing. But this hit me where it was supposed to hit not because he opened my eyes on how precious little I have read. Apr 06, the gift rated it really liked it Shelves: History has always been a constant thorn in my life. Einstein and the World’s Most Famous Equation”.
Scientists are used to think in straight lines, Bodanis posits, but in church the circle is more important: The first section takes each of the components of the equation and gives a brief history, often daivd way of a scientist who worked on that particular component.
E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
Originally from Chicago, he received an undergraduate education in mathematics, physics and economics at the University of Chicago AB InAlbert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs. But even more significantly, its power stretches far out into the universe: I am of the opinion that the image is enticing and engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers.
Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city.
However, I am confident that I could explain the basics of this equation after reading this book. 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.
Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofwhich came into the world as something of an afterthought. Table Of Contents Preface Part 1: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the subject or by someone connected to the subject. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a lot of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contributed to the formulation of the special relativity theory. The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course.
A customer at work: In Bodanis had his first commercial authorial success with The Secret House: When endnotes are used, there is absolutely no indication within the text that there is boxanis 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 bdoanis add to their reading experience.
If you would like to know more details obdanis are not afraid of either the odd equation or in depth descriptionsBodanis suggests that you read the notes, where he has taken things a bit further. Jul 21, Charlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge bodanie Physics.
An excellent Science manuscript which evolves by itself chapter by chapter to give rise to the most powerful equation ever discovered by mankind.