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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A very entertaining read.

Oct 30, Greg rated it really liked it. There are some good stories here, competently told. In principle, even very hard concep This is not a bad read, but it has some major flaws. This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein’s background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence boranis afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.

Is ook in Nederlands. View all 7 comments. I recommend this to any of my friends with the slightest bit of interest in physics. And that’s how I took this book from his library at the very next week. Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. Davjd Else Einstein Did Appendix: I am having a hard time not vodanis impressed with myself because this is the second book in the “hard” scientific realm that I bodanix just adored the first being “A Short History of Everything”.


Bodanis tops off his two leveled read with one final feat-he has a website to which he directs the serious student for further, more in depth, study.

The stories along the way are as much about passion, love and revenge, as they are about cool scientific discovery. View all 4 comments. The end of the book even looks forward billions of years to vodanis how the equation predicts the Earth will end in flames as the Sun gives one final cosmic belch and how the universe itself will eventually sputter to a stop.

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This was a very satisfactory book. It was a team work spread over a period of two and half centuries. So some of the threads felt like teasers leaving me with wanting to know more.

I enjoyed it a great deal and felt I achieved a better understanding of the complex equation. But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation.

It may need editing to conform to Wikipedia’s neutral point of view policy. Which this is not. Full review to follow. The book is about some of the people and discoveries that made it possible for Einstein to come up with his famous equation.

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Jul 21, Charlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Life of a Flawed Genius”. Mar 27, Damien Walker rated it really liked it.


The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”. Are you wondering what BS am I talking?

What also makes him an interesting person is also quoted as saying that if he had known his equation would have been used for such destruction as the atomic bomb that he would not have lifted one finger to write it.

The Fires of the Sun For instance, he patiently explains the concept of squaring: For example, he says that GPS satellites need a “relativistic fix” because the satellites are “traveling so fast”. 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.

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

David Bodanis Website, [1] Personal Website. David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. It also broadly discusses the consequences of this development, with particular attention given davod the race between the Nazis and the US to create the first nuclear bomb.