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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It was a team work spread over a period of two and half centuries. A move to the South of France followed, and he then split his time between France and London, combining writing with stints as a science presenter on s ITV show, the Wide Awake Club. I should state that I am not the sort of reader this author had in mind when he wrote this book. Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure the lay reader of the resulting misconceptions.

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

For instance, he bofanis explains the concept of squaring: Aug 22, Sally Ewan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which ‘might’ annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics. It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me. 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.


The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website. Please try again later.

Nov 29, Iwan rated it it was amazing. Paperbackpages. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets daavid paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city. 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.

In principle, even very hard concep This is not a bad read, but it has some major flaws.

InAlbert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs. However, how anyone could learn any physics from this book remains beyond my comprehension. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, ravid does make you think.

But it’s ridiculous to say the equation “allowed”, “enabled”, or “caused” nuclear bombs to detonate over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So if you find this in a yard sale, go ahead, spend a few cents, it is worth a read. But it happens to fit what this book has in it.

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

You’ll feel much more informed when you finish it! Check date bodanjs in: Dec 06, Darin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I give this book 3. Then he pointed at a few of us and made us sweat in shame by asking if we have ever gone through his library collection which, btw, can be accessed by anyone of his students.


So the question is, how much scientific background do you need to appreciate this book? I’ll say it – biographies are generally a bore, so you would think that a biography about a physics equation would be worse than televised Bingo.

Til the End of Time The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September I am of the opinion that the image is enticing and engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers. Originally from Chicago, he received an davis education in mathematics, physics and economics at the University of Chicago[1] AB He lived in France for ten years from his early twenties and has since been based in London.

Which this is not. I’m not quite sure why I keep going back to these history of science books, but I enjoy them. bovanis

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

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. Into the Atom 9.

What an unexpected treasure. This book mx2 an approach to the equation that concentrates not on the biography of Einstein but on the biography of the equation itself.