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.

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This is extremely disruptive to the flow of a book which requires some level of concentration to read and annoyed me to no end.

Bodanis moved to the UK full-time in the late s, combining writing with teaching social sciences at St Antony’s College, Oxfordconsulting mcc2 the Royal Dutch Shell Scenario Prediction unit, and speaking engagements including at conferences and Davos. I’m hard pressed to think of a subject that would include French aristocrats getting beheaded over the construction of a wall, Madam Curie’s radioactive cookbooks, high-brow academic bickering, and detailed discussions of how make uranium atoms asplode real good.

Once you read the first paragraph from the book, you would understand why. Everyone knows that a biography entails stories of the ancestors, childhood, adolescence dxvid adulthood of your subjects. I only scored this book two stars to mark my displeasure with the overblown blurb on the cover, and the overly generous score on Goodreads. I am of the opinion that the image is enticing mf2 engaging, and I hope it will attract rather than repel potential readers.


It may need editing to conform to Wikipedia’s neutral point of view policy. One sizable portion of the book was especially interesting. 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.

There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published I am currently reading “Einstein: What Else Einstein Did Appendix: Apparently I’m either too stupid or too inquisitive, but my experience was quite different. Bern Patent Office, Part 2: For example, he says that GPS satellites need a “relativistic fix” because the satellites are “traveling so fast”.

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This is yet another book that surprised me. The Life of a Flawed Genius ” was published September The equation that explains our complex world Book Review “. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book’s website. Books by David Bodanis. It should be possible to write daivd book that explains the science without simplifying to the point of misleading.

He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos. A native of Chicago, he lives in London.

That very same phrase is applicable for this book too. So, even if the book would have been a drab which is far from the truth I would still have enjoyed it. This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our universe. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 01, Pages.


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dvid Apr 06, the gift rated dafid really liked it Shelves: I realized there could be a different approach. 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. Covering this much scientific ground is hard to get right in a page book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This was a very satisfactory book.

In this case it was on a heavy water plant in Norway, which was part of the Germans’ effort to build an atom bomb. I learned that this equation has a rich history of drama, war, and power.

I love reading science books like this: I shrugged, but everyone else in the room — architects, two programmers, and even one historian my wife! Recommended to Revol Koob by: Jun 02, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: Sir Isaac Newton was the first one to initiate research in the domain, which was later carried forward by the Faradays and the Rutherfords.

Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear.

Another thing I find grating in a science book is that Bodanis loves to talk about God whenever given half a chance. Inspired by Your R History.