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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My professor who also happens to be my mentor walked into the classroom bofanis started talking about his struggles and how he hated thermodynamics and then the topic took a turn on to his PhD thesis. A customer at work: It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books.

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The word ‘Biography’ is truly made meaningful in this book. Paperbackpages. Bringing two different areas, which I hate from head till toe, together.

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”. Want to Read saving…. Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein’s background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work–a view that would change the world.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein’s formulation ofwhich came into the world as something of an afterthought.


The book is a well written biography, and if you are interested in the history of science you will probably enjoy it. For instance, he patiently explains the concept of squaring: This book is packed with the standard anecdotes relating to the equation, many of which will already be familiar to scientists.

This books gives a detailed account on the birth, ancestry and adulthood of the equation. Topics Science and nature books. These stories continue to stay with me and haunt me, taking up a lot of real estate in my brain.

Many of whic To be honest, this book was good, but not as I expected, that it would be awesome; as I was longing to lay my hands on this books for nearly an year until I found this in my usual bookstore. American science writers Living people People from Chicago. However, when it comes to the actual equation, the book only skims the surface and mostly wanders around vague borders between physics, cosmology and philosophy.

A move to the South of France followed, and he then split his time between France and London, combining writing with stints as a science presenter on s ITV show, the Wide Awake Club. And then, years later 7 years to be precisecame a normal day in my PG course a week or so back.

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

It would prove to be a beacon throughout the d century, important to Ernest Rutherford, who discovered the structure of the atom, Enrico Fermi, who probed the nucleus, and Lise Meitner, who finally understood how atoms could be split wide open.

Bodanis lives in London with his second wife and stepson.

Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure the lay reader of the resulting misconceptions. Bodqnis helps you keep track of books you want to read.


If you’re into war history, you may like this book. Perhaps one of the best reads that I have daavid describing the Nazi efforts to build the A-bomb and the Allied attempts to disrupt it.

David Bodanis

Footnotes would have enabled her to flip from text to notes with ease. The equation that explains our complex world Book Review “. This was a very satisfactory book. What also makes him an interesting person is also quoted as saying that if he had known his equation would have been used for such destruction as the atomic bomb that he would not have lifted one finger to write it.

For example, he says that GPS satellites need a “relativistic fix” because the satellites are “traveling so fast”. That makes this one all the more spectacular.

Of the 13 students in my class, I can say I would be among the precious few who read books mostly fiction, but a book is a book. Those not interested in a brain drain of a read would still likely read the Epilogue, which discusses what else Bodaniw did, and the interesting appendix, which gives closure regarding the other key participants.

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. In his early twenties he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune.