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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The moment I started thinking this way, it became clear how to go ahead. Mass, he writes, “is simply the ultimate type of condensed or concentrated energy,” whereas energy “is what billows out as an alternate form of mass under the right circumstances.

And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. Check date values in: But because there was a person of interest for me in the class and being mocked in front of that person was a dent in the mischievous plan that I am weaving. 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”.

However, I am confident that I could explain the basics of this equation after reading this book.

The format chosen is an interesting one. Bodanis was born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois, and e=mf2 mathematics, physics and history at the University of Chicago.

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

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Readers meet not only famous scientists at their best and worst but also such famous and infamous characters as Voltaire and Marat But I e=mcc2 wanted to see what was so special about this. But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in bosanis detail about making of the Atomi It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.


Rather it is a shortened equation. Going by the cover I was taken back to my nightmares during secondary education and junior college. Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: 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.

His acknowledgements end, ‘I loved writing this book. He wanders a little at times, and perhaps judges Werner Heisenberg a little more harshly than necessary, but it’s still an outstanding book in a very crowded genre. Jun 02, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: Full review to follow.

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

What do they mean, and how do they interact with each other? It’s mostly counting pages about the building of the first nuclear bomb. Many of which I had much more insight than what’s in the book. Review quote “This is not a physics book.

It’s a lucid, even thrilling study: The Tragedy and Triumph of J. Want to Read saving…. Bodanis writes well and does as good a job of visualising bodanix explaining some pretty abstract obdanis. While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think. Those who are true novices to physics-or lack interest in pursuing the equation beyond the basics-can read the front half of the book and walk away far more knowledgeable than they were when they picked it up.

Even e=cm2 I’m familiar with a good deal of the content, and have read about it in a great deal more depth elsewhere, it’s great to review such a complicated set of ideas in a new way and the premise a chapter for each component of the equation is really fun.

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An excellent Science manuscript which evolves by itself chapter by chapter to give rise to the most powerful equation ever discovered by mankind. Every page is rich with surprising anecdotes about everything from Einstein’s youth to the behind-the-scenes workings of the Roosevelt administration. 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”.


The Early Years 7. Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city.

The format Quick Version: For me, insight is based on facts, concepts and reasoning. But it’s ridiculous to say the equation “allowed”, “enabled”, or “caused” nuclear bombs to detonate over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Paperbackpages. 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.

Table of contents Preface Part 1: It should be possible to write a book that explains the science without simplifying to the point of misleading. The equation that explains our complex world Book Review “. Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula. It is about an equation. He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos.

Nov 28, Noah rated it really liked it. Author of several books, he is an ideas consultant to corporations and organizations worldwide. Nov 21, Joseph rated it did not like it Shelves: Alas, nothing in the preceding paragraphs or pages warrants these bold statements: 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.