The book E = mc2, written by David Bodanis, is a biography of the David Bodanis attempts to explain the meaning, beauty and implications of. David Bodanis explains Einstein’s most famous equation to Cameron Diaz, and anyone else without a physics degree, in E=mc&# ‘David Bodanis attempts to expalin the meaning, beauty and implications of the ‘By the end of the astonishing E=mc2, a dedicated reader will have achieved.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a lot of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contributed to the formulation of the special relativity theory. The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it’s claimed Einstein was a “profit” bringing down knowledge from “on high”.
Vocabulary from Classical Roots – D. After a short chapter on the equation’s birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. What also makes him an interesting person is also quoted as saying that if he had known his equation would have been used for such destruction as the atomic bomb that he would not have lifted one finger to write it.
Aristotle Leads the Way. But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomic Bomb The Manhattan Project and its destructive force that led to the surrender of Japan. One person found this helpful. The book is definitely for non-physicists and it takes a new approach to describing the equation, the Theory of Relativity General and Specialand how the equation is applied. It does not offer any math beyond this deceptively simple equation nor does it explain how the equation relates to the formulas describing the relationship between energy, mass and velocity we learned at school.
This is not a review of the book itself, but the Kindle edition.
Please try again later. A very well constructed story. But I was relieved from the daily nightmares of History classes once I passed my secondary education. Oct 01, Pages Buy. So what does this have to do with the book I’m reviewing? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
Another book which blended History with science was ‘Cosmos’. The moment I started thinking this way, it became clear how to go ahead. This book is not what’s advertised.
E=mc² – David Bodanis
This book is well written and the information is presented in an easily understandable manner. Books are divided into categories and are each given a paragraph of explanation designed to help the reader ascertain if they are a good fit for their reading list. 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. For instance, he patiently explains the concept of squaring: Apr 22, Rohan rated it liked it Shelves: Footnotes would have enabled her to flip from text to notes with ease.
The author gives pride of place to female scientists whose contributions were at one time underappreciated, which is laudable of course. The authors of most of these books were not professionally familiar enough with the ideas to simplify them. Einstein had another explanation for the Michelson Morley result. There is also no math on the book beyond the profound equation itself which was disappointing.
You can only really simplify well that which you understand well.
Looking at other reviews of this book it’s apparent bodaniis it allowed many of its readers to finally understand the famous equation.
The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation. 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.
E=mc²: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
Nov 21, Joseph rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 5 comments. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The first section takes each of the components of the equation and gives a brief history, often by way of a scientist who worked on that particular component. Recommended to Revol Koob by: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.