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. “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.

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A few years ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine. For example, E represents energy, and by physicists concluded that energy is conserved.

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Oct 01, Pages. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website. Apparently I’m either too stupid or too inquisitive, but my experience was quite different. 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.

But, I did like the fact that the Author focused bodwnis great detail about making of the Atomi It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books. Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure vavid lay reader of the resulting misconceptions.

Please try again later. I finished it within three days and I was left wondering why the author had to bring the book to an bodnais. The same goes for mass m. Nov 28, Noah rated it really liked it. I only scored this book two stars to mark my displeasure with the overblown blurb on the cover, and the overly generous score on Goodreads.


The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September But because there was a person of interest for me in the class and being mocked in front of that person was a dent in the mischievous plan that I am weaving.

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A customer at work: For instance, he patiently explains the concept of squaring: Bringing two different areas, which I hate from head till toe, together. Any concept more difficult than this he is afraid to tackle, so most of what we get are broad generalizations, egregious simplifications, rough approximations, not-very-apt similes and repetitions. Ik las de vertaling een jaar of tien geleden maar krijg weer zin om het te herlezen. But that dealt with astrophysics mainly.

Table Of Contents Preface Part 1: Somehow I am not surprised no historian of science ever thought of this before. The only science book that I have read so far which didn’t have any pictures and yet made sense to me what the author was saying. I shrugged, but everyone else in the room — architects, two programmers, and even one historian my wife! Are you wondering what BS am I talking?

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

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. What mc22 unexpected treasure. Of course the gist is valid but it would have been nice to see a little m2 consideration here given to the origins of the equation. For me, insight is based on facts, concepts and reasoning.

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Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city.

It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.

The book is a well written biography, and if you are interested in the history of science you will probably enjoy it. I am having a hard time not being impressed with myself because this is the second book in the “hard” scientific realm that I have just adored the first being “A Short History of Everything”.

Jun 02, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 22, Sally Ewan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It may need editing to conform to Wikipedia’s neutral point of view policy. He bocanis two children by a previous marriage.

But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation. It would prove to be a bodanie throughout the twentieth century, important to Ernest Rutherford, who discovered the structure dvaid the atom, Enrico Fermi, who probed the nucleus, and Lise Meitner, who finally understood how atoms could be split wide open.

Dat komt vooral door het intro: It won’t do much for the hardcor A very accessible introduction to the ideas behind the equation that everyone knows, but very few actually understand.