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.

Author: Yozshuktilar Kazilabar
Country: Turks & Caicos Islands
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Politics
Published (Last): 18 May 2014
Pages: 314
PDF File Size: 7.53 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.36 Mb
ISBN: 452-1-83173-978-3
Downloads: 46251
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tygojas

The little book of genius

This book is packed with the standard anecdotes relating to the equation, many of which will already be familiar to scientists. Why don’t you find it out for yourself? In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced history of World War II. Nov 29, Iwan rated it it was amazing.

E=mc2 by David Bodanis | : Books

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I am still searching for an answer.

Then it discusses some of the ramifications of his famous formula. And some concepts are not easy, and some bodains reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory. Creating the Earth But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. Return to Book Page. Dat komt vooral door het mc Is ook in Nederlands. I am of the opinion that the image is enticing and engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers.

This was a very satisfactory book. Published October 1st by Berkley Trade first published For those readers that do choose to read the bovanis concurrent with the front half of the book, you are left constantly flipping between the text and the notes to see if you have reached the next note they are listed by page number.


Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein’s background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence bodanjs afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.

This is not a bad read, but it has some major flaws. In my opinion this is mostly a history book, just like one could expect from its subtitle “A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation”. For better books that cover the history of the A-bomb, although lengthy, I would recommend two that each won Pulitzer prizes.

At the very end of the book, there are fairly detailed notes, taking key sections further for readers interested in more mathematical or historical depth.

There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than the Author did.

Books by David Bodanis.

Quiet in the Midday Snow Part 4: This book is a collection of stories of different thinkers, from the medieval period to the detonations of nuclear bombs, and how they happened to do it, from our history books. The Woman Behind the Man”.

Are you wondering what BS am I talking? Oct 30, Greg rated it really liked it. There isn’t any other subject that I have hated more than History Civics is not too far away in the second spot. The next sections follow the “life” of the equation dvid its early days through current applications – from discussions of space-time to the atomic bomb to black holes to a mention of the unifying theory. Then I kept on reading and turning pages. In fairness, this merits three stars.

The format chosen is an interesting one. Recommended to rabbitprincess by: I finished it within three days and I was left wondering why the author had to bring the book to an end.


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

He also talks about the people It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top May 22, Tonjo Wouters rated it really liked it. The only science book that I have read so far which didn’t have any pictures and yet made sense to me what the author was saying.

It’s all very bodais and very readable and Bodaniss had no idea that there was so much that went into and came out of the fact that mass and energy are the same thing in two different forms. Through all their stories davdi as well f highlights from Newton, Heisenberg and other researchers — the meaning of each part of the equation becomes clear. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, 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 of matter” with “a great stillness”–a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening.

For example, E represents energy, and by physicists concluded that energy is conserved. Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear. While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think. Ik las de vertaling een jaar of tien geleden maar krijg weer zin om het te herlezen. It savid here that I have a bone to pick.