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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He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is. Of particular interest with regards to the structure of the book are the notes.
In my opinion this is mostly a history bidanis, just like one could expect from its subtitle “A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation”. The next sections follow the “life” of the equation from its early days through current applications – from discussions of space-time to the atomic bomb to black 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.
But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation. 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.
It is here that I have a bone to pick. The author’s apparent lack of expertise is also on display in the many subtle mistakes in the book. It won’t do much for the hardcor A very accessible introduction to the ideas behind the equation that everyone knows, but very few actually understand. It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.
So if you find this in a yard sale, go ahead, spend a few cents, it is worth a read. I’m not quite sure why I keep going back to these history of science books, but I enjoy them.
There is also no math on the book beyond the profound equation itself which was disappointing. Also by David Bodanis. Aug 22, Sally Ewan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t feel bocanis he had a firm grasp of the physics.
He also talks about the people and mini-dramas of science that led to the famous discovery in So, even if the book would have been a drab which is far from the truth I would still have enjoyed it. The book bodais set up as a biography, so it goes through the history behind the pieces of the equation–even the equals sign!
The Fires of the Sun Til the End of Time 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?
A few years ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine.
Why plant them in the first place? And the voluminous notes at the end of the book partly offset my criticism about egregious simplification. It was a team work spread over a period of two and half centuries. Bodanis tops off his two leveled read with one final feat-he has a website to which he directs the serious student for further, more in depth, study.
I am not new to being shamed in class for the right or the wrong reasons. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
Bodanis lives in London with his second wife and stepson. Many of which I e=mc much more insight than what’s in the book. The Tragedy and Triumph of J. I enjoyed it a great deal and felt I achieved a better understanding of the complex equation. But that dealt with astrophysics mainly.
But, it you would like something that takes a light-hearted approach to how the universe works, give it a try. Mar 23, Aleisha Zolman rated it it was amazing Shelves: And that branch of physics is something that I wish that I majored in. What Else Einstein Did Appendix: Oct 01, Pages.
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Finally, the author discusses the theory in our universe. It had such an impressively daunting title that I couldn’t have explained except that it has something to do with Einstein. I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than the Author did.
My favorite part was something that actually sounds more like the final level in some World War II video game than a physics textbook: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Return to Book Page. They’ll learn a handful-more important, they’ll enjoy it, and pick up a load of biographical and cultural curios along the way. This is the absolute opposite of the truth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation. After an interview with Premier magazine, the Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was asked if there was anything she wanted to know.
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. One sizable portion of the book was especially interesting.
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”.
No one raised their hands not at all a surprise.