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&# 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.

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Later on in the book the equation is used to explain such things as the scientific creation of earth, where stardust comes from and then on to black holes. Sir Isaac Newton was the first one to initiate research in the domain, which was later carried forward by the Faradays and the Rutherfords.

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

Also by David Bodanis. He also talks about the people It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top I want to make a suggestion to those of you who have had a little calculus and enough liking of mathematics and physics to put some work not a whole lot into understanding the early Einstein results.

Another point to note is that squaring a number doesn’t necessarily produce a larger number – a grade school result. At a little over pages, this book is a quick read, but the reader comes away with lots of historical and scientific knowledge. This books gives a detailed account on the birth, ancestry and adulthood of the equation.


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The Lorentz transformations made up the substance of special relativity mathematics but note well the equations were derived from quite different assumptions. Berkley Publishing Group; 1st edition October 1, Language: Davis 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.

How the hell am I supposed to know what this book is even about?

But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. 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. Somehow I am not surprised no historian of science bofanis thought of this before.

In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced history of World War II. Bodanis includes detailed, lively and davvid back matter When not slumped in front of a laptop, he has been known to attempt kickboxing, with highly variable results.

A native of Chicago, he lives in London with his family. Some of the stories told in this book read like a novel.

We are all used to hearing and repeating non-vetted information gathered from the Internet while assuming it’s true. But it happens to fit what this book has in it. So I davidd it aside and did ration reading a phrase coined by me which means reading only a particular number of bodansi per day. There are plenty of books that try to explain it, but who can honestly say they understand them?

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View all 7 comments. He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is.

Generations have grown up knowing that equation changed the shape of our world, but without understanding what it really means and why it is so significant. But I still wanted to see what was so special about this. Jul 18, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read one page The book is set up as a biography, so it goes through the history behind the pieces of the equation–even the equals sign!

For me, insight is based on facts, concepts and reasoning. If you’re into war history, you may like this book. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Pages with related products. Mr Bodanis does not rise to the challenge. I’m definitely going to have to read more David Bodanis publications!