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

font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"bOur Review/b/fontbrIn his introduction, author David Bodanis relates the story of the genesis of this book. He was reading an interview with Cameron Diaz where the interviewer asked if there was anything else the actress wanted to know, and she said, "What does E=mcsup2/sup really mean?" Dubbed in the subtitle "The World's
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Hardcover, 328 pages

Published
January 1st 2002
by ISIS Large Print Books
(first published 2000)

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There are lots of biographies of Einstein, and I think the best may have just been published(I am currently reading "Einstein: His Life and Universe" by Walter Isaacson.)

But rather than write about the professor, Bodanis discusses each of the five elements of the equation. He also talks about the people ...more

This book is a well laid out explanation of each part of the equation, its history, and its role in our universe.

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The genesis of David Bodanis’ book was an interview he read in which actress Cameron Diaz expressed the desire-serious or in jest-to know what E=mc² really meant. Bodanis realized that the truth is that very few people have even a rudimentary knowledge of the usefulness of the world’s most famous equation; this book is his attempt to rectify that.

The format ...more

It should be possible to write a book that explains the science without simplifying to the point of misleading.

Without focusing on a small number of historical persons and giving them credit for advances that were not theirs

Without making some seem more like mystics than sc ...more

Aug 16, 2012
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How does one write the "biography" of an equation? Sure, it's "born" whenever the person invents it, but equations can't exactly grow up, marry and die, at least not in the way living things can. David Bodanis's approach to biography is to first explain each part of the equation (E, =, m, c2) and the scientific developments that led to these elements being used in common scientific parlance, and then to trace the history of the whole equation, from when Einstein first developed it to ho ...more

How does one write the "biography" of an equation? Sure, it's "born" whenever the person invents it, but equations can't exactly grow up, marry and die, at least not in the way living things can. David Bodanis's approach to biography is to first explain each part of the equation (E, =, m, c2) and the scientific developments that led to these elements being used in common scientific parlance, and then to trace the history of the whole equation, from when Einstein first developed it to ho ...more

'Een tijdje terug las ik in het tijdschrift Première een interview met de actrice Cameron Diaz, waarbij de interviewer aan het eind vroeg of er nog iets was dat zij graag zou willen weten. 'Ja', zei Diaz. 'Wat betekent eigenlijk E = mc2?'

The book has its downsides. I really felt the equation could have been explained in much more exciting way than the Author did. But, I did like the fact that the Author focused in great detail about making of the Atomi ...more

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". It provides comprehensive historical background, spiced up with a lot of little known facts about people, whose work eventually contribu ...more

The PBS series by the same title which was aired a few years ago was also good, but sometimes rather silly. My girls and I w ...more

Mar 23, 2009
Aleisha Z Coleman
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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"). It had such an impressively daunting title that I couldn't have explained except that it has something to do with Einstein. However, I am confident that I could explain the basics of this equation after reading this book. In addition, it has motivated me to find out more of how this equation influenced hi
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Bodanis writes well and does as good a job of visualising and explaining some pretty abstract concepts. He wanders a little at ...more

Each component of this equation is broken down into individual histories, starting with an explanation of the concepts behind the symbol E, represent ...more

Kirjan ongelmana on kuitenkin rakenne. Ensin epilogi "Mitä Einstein myö ...more

Nov 18, 2015
Sneha Pillai
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Some books can give you a high, one of the most imaginative, happy highs. And it goes to a completely different level when it comes from finally understanding what you believed was not your cup of tea.

Thank you Afshan, for E=mc2 had shattered all my notions of physics and has reintroduced me to the subject that I had given up on long ago.

The book, as expected, is loaded with history, facts, and numbers. But, it also has people, their experiences, their lives and times, their thoughts, their sto ...more

Thank you Afshan, for E=mc2 had shattered all my notions of physics and has reintroduced me to the subject that I had given up on long ago.

The book, as expected, is loaded with history, facts, and numbers. But, it also has people, their experiences, their lives and times, their thoughts, their sto ...more

Jan 02, 2013
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