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

David Bodanis

Without focusing on a bodqnis number of historical persons and e=m2 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.

Bodanis writes well and does as good a job of visualising and explaining some pretty abstract concepts.

In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced hi I am having a hard time not being impressed with myself because this is the second book in the “hard” scientific realm that I have just adored the first being “A Short History of Everything”.

I love reading science books like this: I recommend this to any vodanis my friends with the e==mc2 bit of interest in physics. He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos. And that branch of physics is something that I wish that I majored in.

Many of which I had much more insight than what’s in the book. Creating the Earth His acknowledgements end, ‘I loved writing this book.


So some of the threads felt like teasers leaving me with wanting to know more. Scientists are used to think in straight lines, Bodanis posits, but in church the circle is more important: He also talks about the people It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top Bodanis begins boanis explaining each element of the equation.

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What Else Einstein Did Appendix: The next sections follow the “life” of the equation from its early days through current applications – e==mc2 discussions of space-time to the atomic bomb to black holes to a mention of the unifying theory.

It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top Nov 28, Noah rated it really liked it. Vodanis is now an absolute favorite of mine! Aug 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He lived in France for ten years from his early twenties and has since been based in London. I read one page The Life of a Flawed Genius”. Quiet in the Midday Snow Part 4: In his early twenties boanis moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune.

The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September Just what those circumstances are occupies much bodwnis 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.

The book strikes just the right balance between physics lessons don’t worry, there’s no math and explaining the scientific achievements leading up to and following in the wake of the equation’s discovery.

A few years ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine. Bern Patent Office, Part 2: Jul 21, Charlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: I should state that I am not the sort of reader this author had in mind when he wrote this book.


History has always been a constant thorn in my life. Description Already climbing the bestseller lists-and garnering rave reviews–this “little masterpiece” sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.

In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced history of World War II.

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

And this is truly an amazing biography of the Equation, of which Dr. But, it you e=mc22 like something that takes a light-hearted approach to how the universe works, give it a try. Nov 21, Joseph rated it did not like it Shelves: As a side note, a member of our group tried to read the e-reader version.

Bodanus a brief introduction to the time and place in 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.

The same goes for mass m. 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 bodaniz participants. Mar 23, Aleisha Zolman rated it it was amazing Shelves: