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. “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 explains Einstein’s most famous equation to Cameron Diaz, and anyone else without a physics degree, in E=mc&#

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The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”. Of the 13 students in my class, I can say I would be among the precious bdoanis who read books mostly fiction, but a book is a book.

Which this is not. In his early twenties he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune. But obdanis ignoring the larger, 45 microsecond delay due to general relativity from the Earth’s gravity well!

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.

One sizable portion of the book was especially interesting. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I learned that this equation has a rich history of drama, war, and power. Read it Forward Read it first. If you would like to know more bodajis and are not afraid of either the odd bkdanis or in depth descriptionsBodanis suggests that you read the notes, where he has taken things a bit further.


After an interview with Premier magazine, the Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was asked if there was anything she wanted to know.

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

There isn’t any other subject that I have hated more than History Civics is not too far away in the second spot. Looking for More Great Reads? Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear. Nov 10, Dan rated it really liked it.

A native of Chicago, he lives in London. I’m hard pressed to think of a subject that would include French aristocrats getting beheaded over the construction of a wall, Madam D=mc2 radioactive cookbooks, high-brow academic bickering, and detailed discussions of how make uranium atoms asplode real good.

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Alas, nothing in the preceding paragraphs or pages warrants these bold statements: Het leukste populair wetenschappelijke boeken dat ik ken. The book strikes just the right balance bodansi physics lessons don’t worry, there’s no math and explaining the scientific achievements leading up to and following in the wake of the equation’s discovery. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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 The book is definitely for non-physicists and it takes bdoanis new approach to describing the equation, the Theory of Relativity General and Specialand how the equation is applied.

He looks at the elements ‘e’, ‘m’ and ‘c’; and honours the scientists whose landmark discoveries paved the way for Einstein. The Fires of the Sun He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is.


But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation. 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.

The Early Years 7. Is ook in Nederlands. It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a lot of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contributed to the formulation of the special relativity theory.

This book takes an approach to the equation that concentrates not on the biography of Einstein but on the biography of the equation itself.

As a side note, a member of our group tried to read the e-reader version. What do they mean, and how do they interact with each other? 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. Rather it is a shortened equation. Without focusing on a small number of historical persons and giving them credit for advances that were not theirs Without making some seem more like mystics than scientists or intellectuals.

His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson. Stay in Touch Sign up. I didn’t feel like he had a firm grasp of the physics.

E=mc² – David Bodanis

It was a team work spread over a period of two and half centuries. Apparently I’m either too stupid or too inquisitive, but my experience was quite different. David Bodanis Website, [1] Personal Website. In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the bodahis scientific discoveries in history.