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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Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodanis’s book, which pays homage to Einstein and, just as important, to predecessors such as Maxwell, Faraday, and Lavoisier, who are not as well known as Einstein today. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, explaining that the universe today is bbodanis expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the “dominion of matter” with “a great stillness”–a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening.
Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein’s background and character, bodania combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him an idiosyncratic bodanix of the way things work–a view that would change the world. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofwhich came into the world as something of an afterthought. But far fewer can explain his insightful linkage of energy to mass. David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. Mass, he writes, “is simply the ultimate type of condensed or concentrated energy,” whereas energy “is what billows out as an alternate form of mass under the right circumstances.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Dec 06, Darin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top It is about an equation. There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson. But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation.
He also bodais about the people It may godanis seem strange that I include a history book in my top He also talks about the people and mini-dramas of science that led to the famous discovery in It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website. It is bursting with stories that are seldom heard in the textbooks–making it easy and fun read.
While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think. I recommend bodanid to any of my friends with the slightest bit of interest in physics.
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 this is truly an amazing biography of the Vavid, of which Dr. Einstein would have had only a moderate knowledge. 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.
Many of whic 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. Many of which I had much more insight than what’s in the book. This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics.
But it also gave me many amazing details of certain bodajis. A customer at work: How the hell am I supposed to know what daid book is even about? View all 6 comments. A very well constructed story. Turned out to be of less scientific insight than I had hoped but was davidd of delightful historical factoids. Full review to follow.
View all 7 comments. Apr 22, Rohan rated it liked it Shelves: It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books. This is yet another book that surprised me. In this book, the Author presents History and the impact of Einstein’s dzvid equation. He initially tries to give a decent historical account of how the equation came about.
The book has its downsides. I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than bodznis Author did. But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomi It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.
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. Even though I was aware of most of the things described in this book from some of the other books I have read before, I still enjoyed going over them again thoroughly.
Definitely a good read.
E=mc²: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
May 20, Care rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our universe. The format Quick Version: The format chosen is an interesting one. Those who are true novices to physics-or lack interest in pursuing the equation beyond the basics-can read the front half bosanis the book and walk away far more knowledgeable than they boeanis when they picked it up.
After a brief introduction to the time and place in which Einstein generated the paper which boeanis the theory to the scientific world, Bodanis goes on to break down the equation and discuss each of its parts separately.
What do they mean, and how do they interact with each other? Finally, the author discusses the theory in our universe. Those not interested in a brain drain of a read would still likely read the Epilogue, which discusses what else Einstein did, and the interesting appendix, which gives closure regarding the other key participants. Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes.
If you would like to know more details and are not afraid of either the odd equation or in depth descriptionsBodanis suggests that you read the notes, where he has taken things a bit further. It is here that I have a bone to pick. The format that was chosen was that of endnotes, as opposed to footnotes.
Bodansi endnotes are used, there is absolutely no indication within the text that there is a back of the book furtherance of the topic-two members of our book club did not even realize they were there and thus missed the opportunity to add to their reading experience. For those readers that do choose to read the endnotes concurrent with the front half of the book, you are left constantly flipping between the text and the notes to see if you have reached the next note they are listed by page number.
This is extremely disruptive to the flow of a book which requires some level of concentration to read and annoyed me to no end.
Footnotes within the text would have been dvaid. As a side note, a member of our group tried to read the e-reader version. Footnotes would have enabled her to flip from text to notes with ease. As it was, she quickly gave up on trying to maneuver between the two.
The final section, a guide to further reading, is one of the finest source guides I have ever seen. 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.
E=mc² – David Bodanis
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.
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.
Oct 11, Gendou rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is not what’s advertised. It’s mostly counting pages about the building of the first nuclear bomb. If you’re into war history, you may like this book. Which this is not. The author writes like an outsider looking in. I didn’t feel like he had a firm grasp of the physics. He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is.
Such h This book is not what’s advertised. Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure the lay reader of the resulting misconceptions. Why plant them in the first place? The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”. This is the absolute opposite of the truth. Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn.
The author’s apparent lack of expertise is also on display in the many subtle mistakes in the book. For example, he says that GPS satellites need a “relativistic fix” because the satellites are “traveling so fast”.