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E=MC2: a Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

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'By the end of the astonishing E=mc2, a dedicated reader will have achieved, if only by osmosis, an understanding of Einstein's theory of relativity and feel quite at ease dining with Nobel Prize winners. It's a lucid, even thrilling study: the very best kind of science journalism. I didn't know I could know so much.' Fay Weldon, Books of the Year, Washington Post

In 1905, Albert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs. One of those papers introduced the theory of special relativity and his legendary equation, E=mc2. Generations have grown up knowing that equation changed the shape of our world, but without understanding what it really means and why it is so significant.

In this fascinating biography David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. He looks at the elements 'e', 'm' and 'c'; and honours the scientists whose landmark discoveries paved the way for Einstein. He plots the course of the equation through the twentieth century, showing how our lives have been revolutionized by its applications; and looks far ahead to the future.

But as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject - stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that, brought together by Bodanis in this remarkable book, turn Einstein's seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.

'Both informative and highly readable...E=mc2 is a wonderful romp through Einstein's famous formula.. this is everything a popular science book should be' DAILY EXPRESS

'Bodanis himself seems like an intellectual thermonuclear explosion, a kind of Jonathan Miller on speed...This is an outstanding introduction to relativity by a gifted practitioner of popular science' INDEPENDENT

'With skill and plenty of colourful anecdotes Bodanis traces the intellectual ancestry of E=mc2...fast moving and entertaining' THE TIMES

'E=mc2 reveals, amongst other wonders, how many women physicists were involved in the story. Which makes this morally improving, as well as fascinating reading' George Walden, Books of the Year, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'The book fizzes in the readers imagination' TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

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Most people know that Einstein's equation is important but they don't usually know why. This book takes an approach to the equation that concentrates not on the biography of Einstein but on the biography of the equation itself.

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A study of what is perhaps the best-known scientific equation ever, looking at how it was developed, its use over the course of the twentieth century, and how our lives have been revolutionised by its applications. 20 b/w illus.

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life-long learner, June 17, 2007 (view all comments by life-long learner)
If you found science too overwhelming or difficult to consider, this is the book for you. In this book where biography, history and science intersect, you will forget you are reading about the science and come to a whole new appreciation of the people and the ideas. And you might learn a few things in the process.
This is a very readable and insightful explanation of the concepts and people that led up to the equation E=MC2. You will never see science as a dry or boring subject again. It will open your eyes to a whole new world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780330391658
Author:
BODANIS, DAVID
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
20010702
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
197 x 130 in.

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Product details 352 pages Pan Macmillan - English 9780330391658 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Most people know that Einstein's equation is important but they don't usually know why. This book takes an approach to the equation that concentrates not on the biography of Einstein but on the biography of the equation itself.
"Synopsis" by , A study of what is perhaps the best-known scientific equation ever, looking at how it was developed, its use over the course of the twentieth century, and how our lives have been revolutionised by its applications. 20 b/w illus.
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