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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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To most readers they bodaniss just a mass of odd diagrams — those little trains or rocketships or flashlights that are utterly mystifying. Rather it is a shortened equation. Into the Atom 9. Set up a giveaway. This was a very satisfactory book. Typically, mass is happy being mass, so sheets of paper do not spontaneously explode with enough power to wipe out a city.

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bodajis Numbers are just numbers without units. Mar 26, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let’s assume a body with mass m is traveling at speed v and define its “kinetic” energy as mv2 this formula is off by a factor of 2 but it will do. This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our universe.

Such h This book is not what’s advertised. So if you find this in a yard sale, go ahead, spend a few cents, it is worth a read. And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. I am having a hard time davud 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”.


That explanation assumed that the speed of light was e=mc universal constant, i.

I recommend bodnis book for anyone with a casual interest in science history. I started out mainly wanting to know what the speed of light has to do with anything, and Bodanis takes us back to the beginning, describing not only the relevance of the speed of light, but also the earliest discoveries involving energy, the equals sign, and mass.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Bodanis’s writing dxvid is very easy and engaging. Go Review That Book! 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.

However, i think it would have benefitted from more in-depth science, less time spent on the cast of characters that developed the atomic bomb in favor of discussions about the science involved, and a more sophisticated use of italics. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. They measured the relative speed of light in various directions expecting to see differences caused by the earth’s motion through space much as you might see a swimmer’s speed vary depending on whether the were swimming with b current, against the current, or across the current.

Don’t have a Kindle? Inspired by Your Browsing History. In this book, the Author presents History and the impact of Einstein’s famous equation. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. View all 6 comments.

But it has some major flaws.

It’s more like a biography of the eponymous equation, examining each term heck, even the equal sign in great detail and giving a thorough accounts of the history of each piece and the impact it has had on modern living. One person found this helpful. Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Dagid reviews that mention speed of light famous equation atomic bomb david bodanis theory of relativity energy and mass lise meitner worlds most famous einstein famous black holes manhattan project easy to read mass and the speed high school great book heavy water guide to further reading special relativity cameron diaz well written.


But if e==mc2 looking for just another Albert Einstein biography, author David Bodanis is mostly going to disappoint you here. The book is intended for a different audience, namely Cameron Diaz bh anybody else with curiosity but without a degree in physics.

They are very much easier boranis read and comprehend then all of this simplified gibberish, at least the first few pages are. It is easy on science and numbers–which is fine for me. This book should be considered a fine source w=mc2 such information.

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Footnotes within the text would have been grand. The fact that Einstein could relate mass and energy through the speed of light squared just by thinking about it and not doing any experiments, mostly makes him an interesting person.