‘David Bodanis attempts to expalin the meaning, beauty and implications of the most famous equation in physics. Thanks to his clarity, wit and enthusiasm. 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 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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A Force of Nature: Apr 06, the gift rated it really liked it Shelves: We are experiencing technical difficulties. The book is a well written biography, and if you are interested in the history of science you will probably enjoy it.

But that’s ignoring the larger, 45 microsecond delay due to general relativity from the Earth’s gravity well! The book is definitely for non-physicists and it takes a new approach to describing the equation, the Theory of Relativity General and Specialand how the equation is applied.

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

He lived in France for ten years from his early twenties and has since been based davidd London. Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

But it also gave me many amazing details of certain discoveries. The Einstein Theory Of Relativity: Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofwhich came into the world as something of an afterthought.


In principle, even very hard concepts can be explained in simple terms, but it takes a very talented and patient author to do this well.

Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Going by the cover I was taken back to my nightmares during secondary education and junior college. Einstein and the Quantum. In this book, David Bodanis writes the “biography” of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history–that the realms of energy and matter are inescapably linked–and, through his skill as a writer and teacher, he turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic human achievement and an uncommonly good story.

Einstein and the World’s Most Famous Equation”. Now, if you are looking for a “popular” book on physics that really gets into describing complex things for the somewhat informed masses, this book may not be for you. I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than the Author did. If you’re into war history, you may like this book.

But far fewer can explain his insightful linkage of energy to mass. Please try again later. There was even a WW2 commando raid! Mar 23, Aleisha Zolman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dangerous covert operations w I’ll say it – biographies are generally a bore, so you would think jc2 a biography about a physics equation would be worse than televised Bingo. A Tale of Seven Elements. The author explains the scientific concepts clearly, even for my less-scientific mind. So the question is, how much scientific background do you need to appreciate this book?

Another book which blended History with science was ‘Cosmos’. The author’s apparent lack of expertise is also on display in the many subtle mistakes in the book. Go Review That Book! Why don’t you find it out for yourself?


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

This book contains boddanis far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics. I love when those show up in unexpected places in my reading. There is also no math on the book beyond the profound equation itself which was disappointing.

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. The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September But even more significantly, its power stretches far out into the universe: Is ook in Nederlands.

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Sure, it’s “born” whenever the person invents it, but equations boeanis exactly grow up, marry and die, at least not in the way living things can. Dangerous covert operations were conducted just to keep the right dagid of water out of the wrong hands.

The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website. The moment I started thinking this way, it became clear how to go ahead. This book is packed with the standard anecdotes relating to the equation, many of which will already be familiar to scientists.

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