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&# 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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. E=mc22 don’t know if it’s just the Kindle edition that’s like this, but many times the italics seem either pointless or improperly used. To be honest, this book was good, but not as I expected, that it would be awesome; as Davir was longing to lay my hands on this books for nearly an year until Bdoanis found this in my usual bookstore. While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think.

No one raised their hands not at all a surprise. 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.

And then, years later 7 years to be precisecame a normal day in my PG course a week or so back.

It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a lot of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contribu Looking at other reviews of this book it’s apparent that it allowed many of its readers to finally understand the famous equation.

His Life and Universe. 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. We are all used to hearing and repeating non-vetted information gathered from the Internet while assuming it’s true.


Once you read the first paragraph from the book, you would understand why.

At the very end of the book, there are fairly detailed notes, taking key sections further for readers interested in more mathematical or historical depth.

One result derived from the theory was that the sped of light was the limiting velocity in the ordinary universe. It’s probably also the best brief history of the Manhattan Project.

It’s very readable, assumes little prior knowledge and does a great job of exploring the meaning of each element of the equation – what are E, m and c? The idea was to explain the theory to non-geniuses without the necessary physics or mathematics background. Aug 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing. I shrugged, but everyone else in the room — architects, two programmers, and even one historian my wife!

Bodanis writes well and does as good a job of visualising and explaining some pretty abstract concepts. So if you find this in a yard sale, go ahead, spend a few cents, it is worth a read. But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses bidanis of the five elements of the equation. Instead, Bodanis presents a rather unexpected dive into an equation, its origins, its meaning, and its consequences.

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

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Having read several books on similar topics, I found this to be a fun and interesting approach. Introduction A few years ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine.

Oct 04, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read one page A scientist named H. Books by David Bodanis. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. They measured the relative speed of light in various directions expecting to see differences caused by the earth’s motion through space much as you might see a swimmer’s speed vary depending on whether the were swimming with the current, against the current, or across the current.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Virtually all of those books disappointed; after inspired and enthusiastic beginnings, authors could not get out of the first few chapters without either making atrocious mistakes or skipping needed explanations to get from one concept to the other.


Generations have grown up knowing that equation changed the shape of our world, but without understanding what it really means and why it is so significant. 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. 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!

Try c in units centimeters per century. Where this book suffers is that e=c2 author is not a great storyteller and there are very few quotes in the book.

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

Lorentz develop a set of equations, now called the Lorentz transformation, that explained that the measurements as observed would result if objects shrunk in their direction of movement as a balloon would if you pushed it through the air bad analogy but it will do. Dabid Isaac Newton was the first one to initiate research in the domain, which was later carried forward by the Faradays and the Rutherfords. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It is neither a biography of Einstein, although we do learn something about him along the way, nor is it an explanation of all his work, although we do encounter a little general relativity at the end of the book.

With wit and style, he explains every factor in the world’s most famous and least understood equation In the eighteenth century, it was observed that burning wood in oxygen resulted in ash, smoke and carbon dioxide, but these had the same combined mass as the e=mc materials.