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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. ‚ÄúThis 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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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! Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear.

Into the Atom 9. Having demystified the equation, Bodanis explains its science and brings it to life historically, making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible. And this is truly an amazing biography of the Equation, of which Dr.

The next sections follow the “life” of the equation from its early days through current applications – from discussions of space-time to the atomic bomb to black holes to a mention of the unifying theory. Favid Read Edit View history. Apr 22, Rohan rated it liked it Shelves: Given that it focuses on the people as well as the equation, and does not get to into the tech-y aspects of the physics and math behind the equation, it has more of a gossipy quality to it.

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But even more significantly, its power stretches far out into the universe: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson. Therefore, a tiny mass can turn into a literally massive bodwnis of energy. David Bodanis deserves a high five for this compilation.


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. I didn’t feel like he boeanis a firm grasp of the physics. After a brief introduction to the time and place in which Einstein generated the paper which introduce the theory to the scientific world, Bodanis goes on to break down the equation and discuss each of its parts separately. But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomic Bomb The Manhattan Project and its destructive force that led to the surrender of Japan.

But Einstein’s equation is a reality, as demonstrated by nuclear bombs, nuclear power and nuclear sunshine. The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, davie is laudable of course.

For better books that cover the history of the A-bomb, although lengthy, I would recommend two that each won Pulitzer prizes. 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.

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

Bodanis was born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois, and read mathematics, physics and history at the University of Chicago. My professor who also happens to be my mentor walked into the classroom and started talking about his struggles and how he hated thermodynamics and then the topic took a turn on to his PhD thesis.


Til the End of Time As a side note, a member of our group tried to read the e-reader version. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. When a book has such a strong hold on me the entire time I am reading it and beyond, it is such a gift. In this case it was on a heavy water plant in Norway, which was part of the Germans’ effort to build an atom bomb. One sizable portion of the book was especially interesting.

The stories along the way are as much about passion, love and revenge, as they are about cool scientific discovery. I realized there could be a bkdanis approach.

You’ll feel much more informed when you finish it! 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 initial materials.

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. Footnotes would have enabled her to flip from text to notes with ease.

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Mar 10, Philip Mills rated it it was amazing. So not written for a PhD engineer. It is here that I have a bone to pick. He wanders a little at bodanid, and perhaps judges Werner Heisenberg a little more harshly than necessary, but it’s still an outstanding book in a very crowded genre.