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

But that’s 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.

It had such an impressively daunting title that I couldn’t have explained except that it has something to do with Einstein. This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our bodwnis. InAlbert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs.

View all 5 comments. There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: No trivia or quizzes yet.


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Bern Patent Office, Part 2: Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear. The way of writing followed in this book by linking scientists and different timelines together is something of a marvel.

As a side note, a member of our group tried to read the e-reader version. Mar 27, Damien Walker rated it really bodaniss it.

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

Til the End of Time After a brief introduction to the time and place obdanis 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. Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jun 02, Mark rated it e=mv2 was ok Shelves: But this hit me where it was supposed to hit not because he opened my eyes on how precious little I have read.

For better books that cover the history of the A-bomb, although lengthy, I would recommend two that each won Pulitzer prizes. Scientists are used to think in straight lines, Bodanis posits, but in church the circle is more important: There was even a WW2 commando raid! A customer at work: It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top But even more significantly, its power stretches far out into the universe: Einstein and the Equation 8.

David Bodanis Website, [1] Personal Website. May 20, Care rated it really liked it Shelves: However, I am confident that I could explain the basics of this equation after reading this book.


A native of Chicago, he lives in London with his family. Finally, I rarely mention covers in reviews, but in this case it is exceptionally striking: What do they mean, and how do they e=m2c with each other?

Rather it is a shortened equation. A must read for anyone interested in learning something or a lot of things new – it is truly accessible for anyone. Einstein e=nc2 the Equation 8. Check date values in: I love reading science books like this: The end of the book even looks forward billions of years to show how the equation predicts the Earth will end in flames as the Sun gives one final cosmic belch and how the universe itself will eventually sputter to a stop.

This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The format chosen is an interesting one.

E is for Energy 3.