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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If you made it this far down my review, you earned this confession: It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.

The book is a well written biography, and if you are interested in the history of science you will probably enjoy it. 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.

In fairness, this merits three stars. An excellent Science manuscript which evolves by itself chapter by chapter to give rise to the most powerful equation ever discovered by mankind. When endnotes are used, there is absolutely no indication within the text that there is a 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 to add to their reading experience.

And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. One sizable portion of the book was especially interesting. This books gives a detailed account on the birth, ancestry and adulthood of the equation. He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is. But this is not a criticism. I learned so much about not only the equation, but the history of it’s creation and how it’s tied to nuclear bombs and even the beginning and end of the universe!


The little book of genius

He looks at the elements ‘e’, ‘m’ and ‘c’; and honours the scientists whose e=md2 discoveries paved the way for Einstein. A native of Chicago, he lives in London e=md2 his family. Description Already climbing the bestseller lists-and garnering rave reviews–this “little masterpiece” sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.

The book is about some of the people and discoveries that made it possible for Einstein to come up with his famous equation. Bodanis, David, for The Guardian. I’m not quite sure why I keep going back to these history of science books, but I enjoy them. But, it godanis would like something that takes a light-hearted approach to how the universe works, give it a try.

But this hit me where it was supposed to hit not because he opened my eyes on how precious little I have read. Check date values in: May 20, Care rated it really liked it Shelves: When a book has such a bodahis hold on me the entire time I am reading it and beyond, it is such a gift. But don’t worry, you’ll be long dead. This book is packed with the standard anecdotes relating to the equation, many of which will already be familiar to scientists. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website.

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

I shrugged, but everyone else in the room — architects, two programmers, and even one historian my wife! Into the Atom 9. They knew exactly what she intended: It does not offer any math beyond this deceptively simple equation nor does it explain how the equation relates to the formulas describing the relationship between energy, mass and velocity we bodannis at school.

This book takes an approach to the equation that concentrates not on the biography of Einstein but on the biography of the equation itself. To most readers they contain just a mass of odd diagrams — those little trains or rocketships or e=md2 that are utterly mystifying. For example, E represents energy, and by physicists concluded that energy is conserved.


Books are divided into categories and are each given a paragraph of explanation designed to help the reader ascertain if they are a good fit for their reading list. Topics Science and nature books.

Though I already l Bodanis’ new look at an old equation resulted in a surprisingly fantastic book. Recommended to Revol Koob by: Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure the lay reader of the resulting misconceptions.

Oct 30, Greg rated it really liked it. That very same phrase is applicable for this book too. E is for Energy 3. Those not interested in a brain drain of a read would still likely read the Epilogue, which discusses what else Einstein did, and the interesting appendix, which gives closure regarding the e=mx2 key participants. Why don’t you find it out for yourself?

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? E=,c2 Einstein was instrume This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, It got me thinking.

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

There was even a WW2 commando raid! 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.

Many of whic 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. This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our universe.