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

by
David Bodanis (Goodreads Author),
Ralph L. Fowler

Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world, but never understanding what it actually means, why it was so significant, and how it informs our daily lives todayâ��governing, as it does, everything from the atomic bomb to a televisionâ��s cathode ray tube to the carbon dating of prehistoric paintings. In this book, David Bodanis

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published
September 1st 2000
by Walker Books
(first published 2000)

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Πολύ έξυπνη ιδέα, και δεν περιλαμβάνει καθόλου μαθηματικά και σύνθετες περιγραφές, εξάλλου ο συγγραφέας είναι δημοσιογράφος, που έχει κάνει επισταμένη έρευνα. Ο τρόπος έκφρασής του είναι σωστός - για όσους είστε επιστήμονες και ψάχνετε προβλήματα - και αποτελεί μια πολύ καλή πρόταση για όσους ενδιαφέρονται για τα επιστημονικά ζητ ...more

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

And this is truly an amazing biography of the Equation, of which Dr.Einstein would have had only a moderate knowledge.

This book is a collection of stories of different thinkers, from the medieval period to the detonations of nuclear bombs, and how they happened to do it, from our history books. Many of whic ...more

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

One drawback to the scope here is that the book unintentionally reads like a series of articles. Covering this much scientific ground is hard ...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.

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David Bodanis is the bestselling author of THE SECRET HOUSE and E=MC2, which was turned into a PBS documentary and a Southbank Award-winning ballet at Sadler's Wells. David also wrote ELECTRIC UNIVERSE, which won the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize, and PASSIONATE MINDS, a BBC Book of the Week. His newest work, EINSTEIN’S GREATEST MISTAKE, will be published in October 2016.

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“E=mc2 is even better than the best poetry: "In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.”
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