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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Footnotes within the text would have been grand. Vodanis should state that I am not the sort of reader this author had in mind when he wrote this book. It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.

Please try again later. Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Go Review That Book! M2c this hit me where it was supposed to hit not because he opened my eyes on how precious little I have read.

Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula.

Instead, Bodanis presents a rather unexpected dive into an equation, its origins, its meaning, and ddavid consequences. A customer at work: In Bodanis had his first commercial authorial success with The Secret House: After a brief introduction to the time and place in which Einstein generated the paper which introduce the theory to the scientific world, Bodanis goes on to break down the equation and discuss each of its parts separately.

A similar image was used to promote the recent science and arts festival, Creating Sparks, and was criticised by some who thought it trivialised Einstein. There may be relevant discussion on the talk page.

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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. It’s mostly counting pages about the building of the first nuclear bomb. The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation. Through all their stories — as well as highlights from Newton, Heisenberg and other researchers — the meaning of each part of the equation becomes clear.

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He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos. Everyone knows that a biography entails stories of the ancestors, childhood, adolescence and adulthood of your subjects. Topics Science and nature books. The first section takes each of the components of the equation and gives a brief history, often by way of a scientist who worked on that particular component. 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.

And the voluminous notes at the end of the book partly offset my criticism about egregious simplification. It was a team work spread over a period of two and half centuries.

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

Mar 27, Damien Walker rated it really liked it. I love when those show up in unexpected places in my reading. Alas, nothing in the preceding paragraphs or pages warrants these bold statements: You’ll feel much more informed when you finish it! Ik las de vertaling een jaar of tien geleden maar krijg weer zin om het te herlezen. But Einstein’s equation is a reality, as demonstrated by nuclear bombs, nuclear power and nuclear sunshine.

For instance, he patiently explains the concept of squaring: Dec 06, Darin rated it it was amazing Shelves: But don’t worry, you’ll be long dead. A native of Chicago, he lives in London. To be honest, this book was good, but not as I expected, that it would be awesome; as I was longing to lay my hands on this books for nearly an year until I found this in my usual bookstore. And that’s how I took this book from his library at the very next week.

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But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomic Bomb The Manhattan Project and its destructive force that led to the surrender of Japan. There was even a WW2 commando raid! It should be possible to write a book that explains the science without simplifying to the point of misleading. I read one page In this book, the Author presents History and the impact of Einstein’s famous equation. I realized there could be a different approach.

Going by the cover I was taken back to my nightmares during secondary education and junior college. We all have heard of the phrase “match made in heaven”.

For one, this book is aimed at kindergartners. This exchange inspired mmc2 writer David Bodanis to write a short, lively book aimed at anybody who has ever wondered about Einstein’s equation. And that branch of physics is something that I wish that I majored in. The book is intended for a different audience, namely Cameron Diaz and anybody else with curiosity but without a degree in physics. He initially tries to give a decent historical account of dvid the equation came about.

I learned so much about not only the equation, but the history of it’s creation and how it’s tied to nuclear bombs and even the beginning and end of the universe! Oct 01, Pages Buy. Apr 22, Rohan rated it liked it Shelves: David Bodanis deserves a high five for this compilation.