‘David Bodanis attempts to expalin the meaning, beauty and implications of the most famous equation in physics. Thanks to his clarity, wit and enthusiasm. 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 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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Albert Einstein was instrume This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, Are you wondering what BS am I talking?

I should state that I am not the sort bodnis reader this author had in mind when he wrote this book. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Sir Isaac Newton was the first one to initiate research in the domain, which was later carried forward by the Faradays and the Rutherfords.

Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. Another book which blended History with science was ‘Cosmos’. No trivia or quizzes yet. Now, if you are looking for a “popular” book on physics that really gets into describing complex things for the somewhat informed masses, this book may not be for you.

Lists with This Book. What do they mean, and how davud they interact mc each other? I learned that this equation has a rich history of drama, war, and power.

But that’s ignoring the larger, 45 microsecond delay due to general relativity from the Earth’s gravity well!

Though I already loved Voltaire, I love him even more after reading this book. It’s all very thorough and very readable and I had no idea that there was so much that went into and came out of the fact that mass and energy are the same thing in two different forms. As a student, Einstein had learnt that energy and mass are both conserved, one of the great axioms of physics. This book is a collection of stories of different thinkers, from the medieval period to the detonations of nuclear bombs, and how they happened to do it, from our history books.


I am of the opinion that the image is enticing and engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat Whether you are interested in a basic explanation of a complicated theory, have a fascination with physics and would like to know more, or would like to go beyond your high school physics knowledge, this book is likely to fit your need. Some of the stories told in this book read like a novel.

E=mc2 by David Bodanis

Views Read Edit View history. Open Preview See a Problem? There isn’t any other subject that I have hated more than History Civics is not too far away in the second spot. This book is well written and advid information is presented in an easily understandable manner. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I finished it within three days and I was left wondering why the author had to bring the book to an end.

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

You’ve successfully reported this review. David Bodanis Website, [1] Boeanis Website. Einstein and the Equation 8. Bodanis writes well and does as good a job of visualising and explaining some pretty abstract concepts. In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. Covering this much scientific ground is hard to get right in a page book.

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

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.

It’s a lucid, even thrilling study: Aug 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing. The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course.


Therefore, a tiny mass can turn into a literally massive amount of energy. 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. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofwhich came davdi the world as something of an afterthought. But far fewer can explain his insightful linkage of energy to mass.

Building the H Bomb. Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: It would prove to be a beacon throughout the twentieth century, important to Ernest Rutherford, who discovered the structure of the atom, Enrico Fermi, who probed the nucleus, and Lise Meitner, who finally understood how atoms could be split wide open.

The stories along the way are as much about passion, love and revenge, as they are about cool scientific discovery. Sure, it’s “born” whenever the person invents it, but equations can’t exactly grow up, marry and die, at least not in the way living things can. Bodanis made a match out of ‘History’ and ‘Science’. It got me thinking. Somehow I am not surprised no historian of science ever thought bodamis this before.

A Tale of Seven Elements. Through all their stories — as well as highlights from Newton, Heisenberg and other researchers — the meaning of each part of the equation becomes clear.

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

It’s claimed, over and over again, that the bombs dropped on Japan were somehow due to the equation. The Life of a Flawed Genius”. Oct 01, Pages Buy. Return to Book Page.