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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A very entertaining read. Are you wondering what BS am I talking?

Along the way, Bodanis includes stories about the people involved Lavoisier, Faraday, Einstein, and many others that really add color and interest. This book includes the history behind the theory proposed by Albert Einstein in his miracle year, His essay appeared at NPR in December The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course.

The little book of genius

I realized there could be a different approach. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and davidd, explaining that the universe today is an expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the “dominion d matter” with “a great stillness”–a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening.


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. To most readers they contain just a mass of odd diagrams — those little trains or rocketships or flashlights that are utterly mystifying. Without focusing on a small number of historical persons dqvid giving them credit for advances that were not theirs Without making some seem more like mystics than sc I should state that I am not the sort of reader this author had in mind when he wrote this book.

There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: It is bursting with stories that are seldom heard in the textbooks–making it easy and fun read.

Scientists are used to think in straight lines, Bodanis posits, but in church the circle is more important: This is the absolute opposite of the truth. He plots the course of the equation through the twentieth century, showing how our lives have been revolutionized by its applications; and looks far ahead to the future.

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

Apparently I’m either too stupid or too inquisitive, but my experience was quite different. After an interview with Premier magazine, the Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was asked if there was anything she wanted to know. May 22, Tonjo Wouters rated it really liked it. This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by boodanis subject or by someone connected to the subject.


As it was, she quickly gave up on trying to maneuver between the two. Though I already l Bodanis’ new look at an old equation resulted in a surprisingly fantastic book. Bodanis moved to the UK full-time in the late s, combining writing with teaching social sciences at St Antony’s College, Oxfordconsulting for the Royal Dutch Shell Scenario Prediction unit, and speaking engagements including at conferences and Davos.

This is yet another book bodznis surprised me. David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation.

Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula. Einstein would have had only a moderate knowledge.

Rather it is a shortened 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.

Retrieved from ” https: I recommend this to any of my friends with the slightest bit of interest in physics. Want to Read saving…. Nov 28, Noah rated it really liked it. But it happens to fit what this book has in it. One drawback to the scope here is that the book unintentionally reads like a series of articles.

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