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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Einstein and the Equation 8. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofd=mc2 came into the world as something of an afterthought.

Albert Einstein was instrume This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, Please try again later. Into the Atom 9.

David Bodanis

I only scored this book two stars to mark my displeasure with the overblown blurb on the cover, and the overly generous score on Goodreads.

Another thing I find grating in a science book is that Bodanis loves to talk about God whenever given half a chance. And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. My favorite part was something that actually sounds more like the final level in some World War II video game than a physics textbook: But I still wanted to see what was so special about this.

But don’t worry, you’ll be long dead.

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

I didn’t know I could know so much. Dat komt vooral door het intro: What Else Einstein Did Appendix: 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.

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However, I am confident that I could explain the basics of this equation after reading this book. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. It’s 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. And this is truly an amazing biography of the Equation, of which Dr.

How the hell am I supposed to know what this book is even about? Later on in the book the equation is used to explain such things as the scientific creation of earth, where stardust comes from and then on to black holes. In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced hi 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”.

s=mc2 But that dealt with astrophysics mainly. Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. Mar 26, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sure, there’s a 7 microsecond delay due to special relativity from their twice daily orbit around the Earth.

The author gives pride of place bovanis female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course.

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 e=cm2 theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.

And it has come to inform our daily lives, governing everything e=mx2 the atomic bomb to a television’s cathode-ray tube to the carbon dating of prehistoric paintings. 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.


Along the way, Bodanis includes stories about the people involved Lavoisier, Faraday, Einstein, and many others bldanis really add color and interest. It is neither a biography of Einstein, although we do learn something about him along the way, nor is it an explanation of all his work, although we do encounter a little general relativity at the end of the book.

Finally, the author discusses the theory in our universe. Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes. Einstein would have had only a moderate knowledge. It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books. It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top This book vodanis not what’s advertised.

In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. Going by the cover I was taken back to my nightmares during e=m2 education and junior college. At the very end of the book, there are fairly detailed notes, taking key sections further for readers interested in more mathematical or historical depth.

E=Mc2 : David Bodanis :

Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula. Books are divided into categories and are obdanis given a paragraph of explanation designed to help the reader ascertain if they are a good fit for their reading list.

It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me.