‘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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I love when those show up in unexpected places in my reading. So, even if the book would have been a drab which is far from the truth I would still have enjoyed it. The first section takes each of the components of the dafid and gives a brief history, often by way of a scientist who worked on that particular component.

This exchange inspired science writer David Bodanis to write a short, lively book aimed at anybody who has ever wondered about Einstein’s equation.

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

Each time I read that the equation “made” something possible, or that something happened as “a result of” the equation, I wanted to stab out my eyes with an ice pick. This really helped pull things together for me, such as what we read about in Feynman’s “Six Easy Pieces” and what “heavy water” is.

The book is intended for a different audience, namely Cameron Diaz and anybody else with curiosity but without a degree in physics. Dacid the question is, how much scientific background do you need to appreciate this book? Nov 29, Iwan rated it it was amazing. I recommend this book for anyone with a casual interest in science history. Though I already loved Voltaire, I love him even more bodais reading this book.

This is extremely disruptive to the flow of a book which requires some level daavid concentration to read and annoyed me to no end.

Bodanis writes well and does bodanus good a job of visualising and explaining some pretty abstract concepts. A native of Chicago, he lives in London.


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View all 7 comments. However, his research into the properties of light forced him into the realisation that it is the combination of mass and energy that is conserved, and that mass can be destroyed as long it is turned into energy, and vice versa.

I give this dafid 3. Without the equation for instance there would have been no atomic bomb, no lasers, no Internet and no science of black holes. American science writers Living people People from Chicago.

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

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.

What Else Einstein Did Appendix: I hate that word and it’s almost exclusively used inaccurately by Creationists. From X-rays to Quarks. However, when it comes to the actual equation, the book only skims the surface and mostly wanders around vague borders between physics, cosmology and philosophy.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. A similar image was used to promote the recent science and arts festival, Creating Sparks, and was criticised by some who thought it trivialised Einstein. Check date values in: I could say I have spent a considerable chunk of time on deciding which subject I hated most. To be honest, this book was good, but not as I expected, that it would be awesome; as I was longing to lay my hands on this books for nearly an year until I found this in my usual bookstore.

It’s more like a biography of the eponymous equation, examining each term heck, even the equal sign in great detail and giving a thorough accounts of the history of each piece and the impact it has had on modern living.

To a large extent, it stands on its own. Then came another headache in the form of Physics in my junior college. I shrugged, but everyone else in the room — architects, two programmers, and even one historian my wife! Going by the cover I was taken back to my nightmares during secondary education and junior college. What do they mean, and how do they interact with each other?

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A Life in Physics. There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history.

When not slumped in front of a laptop, he has been known to attempt kickboxing, with highly variable results. It is here that I have a bone to pick. Looking at other reviews of this book it’s apparent that it allowed many of its readers to finally understand the famous equation. The author writes like an outsider looking in. This is where Einstein enters the book at some length: Recommended to rabbitprincess by: But I still wanted to see what was so special about this.

The same goes for mass m.

But it’s ridiculous to say the equation “allowed”, “enabled”, or “caused” nuclear bombs to detonate over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Aug 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing.

I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than the Author did. He boadnis talks about the people It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top The end of the book even looks forward billions of years to show how the equation predicts the Earth will end in flames as the Sun gives one final cosmic belch and how the universe itself will eventually sputter to a stop. Topics Science and nature books. Of course the gist is valid but it would have been bodahis to see a little more consideration here given to the origins of the equation.

Til the End of Time Jun 02, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: He aims his book squarely at readers who have no mathematics, no physics and no chemistry whatsoever, and who are not expecting to pick up any here.