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. ‚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. 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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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.

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 godanis the history of each piece and the impact it I’m not quite sure why I keep going back to these history of science books, but I enjoy them.

It is about an equation.

That makes this one all the more spectacular. Books by David Bodanis. Mar 10, Philip Mills rated it it was amazing.

The author writes like an outsider looking in. This is now an absolute favorite of mine! Mar 23, Aleisha Zolman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: But as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject – stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that, brought together by Bodanis in this remarkable book, turn Einstein’s seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.


Nov 10, Dan rated it really liked it. I recommend this book for anyone with a casual interest in science history. I didn’t know I could know so much. The same goes for mass m.

Til the End of Time Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city. The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation.

This is yet another book that surprised me. I am of the opinion that the image is enticing and engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers. I’ll say it – biographies are generally a bore, so you would think that a biography about a physics equation would be worse than televised Bingo. So the question is, how much scientific background do you need to appreciate this book?

Instead, Bodanis presents a rather unexpected dive into an equation, its origins, its meaning, and its consequences. The Life of a Flawed Genius”. Which this is not.

Every page is rich with surprising anecdotes about everything from Einstein’s youth to the behind-the-scenes workings of the Roosevelt administration.

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

Mar 26, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Creating the Earth Nov 21, Joseph rated it did not like it Shelves: Bern Patent Office, Part 2: But this is not a criticism.

The format chosen is an interesting one. It’s claimed, over and over again, that the bombs dropped on Japan were somehow due to the equation. After a short chapter on the equation’s birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge.


Bodanis made a match out of ‘History’ and ‘Science’.

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

It also broadly discusses the consequences of this development, with particular attention given to the race between the Nazis and the E=mmc2 to create the first nuclear bomb. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. E is for Energy 3.

In his early twenties he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune. The Early Years 7. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat If you made it this far down my review, you earned this confession: In fairness, this merits three stars.

I finished it within three days and I was left wondering why the author had to bring the book to an end. Author of several books, he is an ideas consultant to corporations and organizations worldwide. 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. The Fires of the Sun Please try again later.

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