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. ‚ÄúThis 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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The word ‘Biography’ is truly made meaningful in this book. After an interview with Premier magazine, the Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was asked if there was anything she wanted to know. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even though I’m familiar with a good deal of the content, and have read e=mx2 it in a great deal more depth elsewhere, it’s great to review such a complicated set of ideas in a new way and the premise a chapter for each component of the equation is really fun.

Oct 30, Greg rated it really liked it.

Later on in the book the equation is used to explain such things as bosanis scientific creation of earth, where stardust comes from and then on to black holes. And then, years later 7 years to be precisecame a normal day in my PG course a week or so back. I am having a hard time not being impressed with myself because this is the second book in the “hard” scientific realm that I boxanis just adored the first being “A Short History of Everything”. His acknowledgements end, ‘I loved writing this book.

It’s very readable, assumes little prior knowledge and does a great job of exploring the meaning of each element of the equation – what are E, m and c? But because there was a person of interest for me in the class and being mocked in front of that person was a dent in the mischievous plan that I am weaving.

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

Bern Patent Office, Part 2: The book is set up as a biography, so it goes through the history behind the pieces of the equation–even the equals sign! Looking for beautiful books? A very different kind of biography which lays emphasis on derivation of an equation. What an unexpected treasure.


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 me, insight is based on facts, concepts and reasoning. In his early twenties he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Bodanis moved to the UK full-time in the late s, combining writing with teaching social sciences at St Antony’s College, Oxfordconsulting for the Royal Dutch Shell Scenario Prediction unit, and speaking engagements including at conferences and Davos. The latter is probably not the best thing to read right before bed, because it’s kind of depressing.

This is yet another book that surprised me. So I kept it aside and did ration reading a phrase coined by me which means reading only a particular number of pages per day.

His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson. But I was relieved from the daily nightmares of History classes once I passed my secondary education. That makes this one all the more spectacular. Looking at other reviews of this book it’s apparent that it allowed many of its readers to finally understand the famous equation.

A very accessible introduction to the ideas behind the equation that everyone knows, but very few actually understand. However, how anyone could learn any physics from this book remains beyond my comprehension.

He has two children by a previous marriage.

E=mc2 by David Bodanis

Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. It’s mostly counting pages about the building of the first nuclear bomb.


In Bodanis had his first commercial authorial success with The Secret House: Given that it focuses on the people as well as the equation, and does not get to into the tech-y aspects of the physics and math behind the equation, it has more of a gossipy quality to it. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. What Else Einstein Did Appendix: The stories along the way are as much about passion, love and revenge, as they are about cool scientific discovery.

I didn’t know I could know so much. But that dealt with astrophysics bodania. It is bursting with stories that are seldom heard in the textbooks–making it easy and fun read. Perhaps one of the best reads that I bodansi found describing the Nazi efforts boranis build the A-bomb and the Allied attempts to disrupt it.

This was a very satisfactory book. But don’t worry, you’ll be long dead. The format chosen is an interesting one. Emc2 the End of Time And some concepts are not easy, and some sophisticated reasoning is sometimes necessary to “get” a difficult theory.

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. Product details Format Paperback pages E=c2 Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Though I already l Bodanis’ new look at an old equation resulted in a surprisingly fantastic book. I give this book 3. The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation.

Please try again later. Open Preview See a Problem? But, it you would like something that takes a light-hearted approach to how the universe works, give it a try.