E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation. David Bodanis, Author Walker & Company $25 (p) ISBN 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. 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.

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Any concept more difficult than this he is afraid to tackle, so most of what we get are broad generalizations, egregious simplifications, rough approximations, not-very-apt similes and repetitions. This is yet another book that surprised me.

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While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think. This exchange inspired science writer David Bodanis to write a short, lively book aimed at anybody who has ever wondered about Einstein’s equation.

I hate that word and it’s almost exclusively used inaccurately by Creationists. Nov 21, Joseph rated it did not like it Shelves: Albert Einstein Physics reviews. Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes. But it also gave me many amazing details of certain discoveries. Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as bodanid namely, Einstein’s background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.

Turned out to be of less scientific insight than I had hoped but was full of delightful historical factoids. What Else Einstein Did Appendix: Recommended to Revol Koob by: 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. A keen kickboxer, he is a regular at Paragon Gym in Shoreditch, London, where he trains with champion kickboxing brothers, John and Stuart Lawson.


The book strikes just the right balance between physics lessons don’t worry, there’s no math and explaining the scientific achievements leading up to and following in the wake of the equation’s discovery.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. No one raised their hands not at all a surprise.

But, it you would like something that takes a light-hearted approach to how the universe works, give it a try. As it was, she quickly gave up on trying to maneuver between the two. There are many types of energy, but they are all basically the same, so if you destroy some chemical energy then you must create an equal amount of energy in some other form. 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”.

Dangerous covert operations were conducted vavid to keep the right kind of water out of dxvid wrong hands. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Covering this much scientific ground is hard to get right in a page book. A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation [1] which was translated into 20 languages, and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.


It is about an equation. It also broadly discusses the consequences of this bodahis, with particular attention given to the race between the Nazis and the US to create the first nuclear bomb.

Therefore, a tiny mass can turn into a literally massive amount of energy. I only scored this book two stars to mark my displeasure with the overblown blurb on the cover, and the overly generous score on Bodania. 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. So I kept it aside and did ration reading a phrase coined by me which means reading only a particular number of pages per day.

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

Rather it is a shortened equation. Since it’s the thesis of the book, this poor philosophy is repeated throughout the book.

There are some good stories here, competently told. 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. Dat komt vooral door het intro: Go Review That Book! That very same phrase is applicable for this book too. David Bodanis Website, [1] Personal Website. View all 5 comments. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the subject or by someone connected to the subject.