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

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Already climbing the bestseller lists-and garnering rave reviews—this "little masterpiece" sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.

Bodanis begins by devoting chapters to each of the equation's letters and symbols, introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery—from Ole Roemer's revelation that the speed of light could be measured to Michael Faraday's pioneering work on energy fields. Having demystified the equation, Bodanis explains its science and brings it to life historically, making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible. It would prove to be a beacon throughout the twentieth 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. And it has come to inform our daily lives, governing everything from the atomic bomb to a television's cathode-ray tube to the carbon dating of prehistoric paintings.

Review:

"E=mc2, focusing on the 1905 theory of special relativity, is just what its subtitle says it is: a biography of the world's most famous equation, and it succeeds beautifully. For the first time, I really feel that I understand the meaning and implications of that equation, as Bodanis takes us through each symbol separately, including the = sign...there is a great 'aha!' awaiting the lay reader." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"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 chapter on the equation's birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge. Readers meet not only famous scientists at their best and worst but also such famous and infamous characters as Voltaire and Marat...Bodanis includes detailed, lively and fascinating back matter...His acknowledgements end, 'I loved writing this book.' It shows." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Accessible...he seeks, and deserves, many readers who know no physics. They'll learn a handful-more important, they'll enjoy it, and pick up a load of biographical and cultural curios along the way." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Already climbing the bestseller lists — and garnering rave reviews — this "little masterpiece" sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.

About the Author

David Bodanis studied mathematics at the University of Chicago and in 1988 became a Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College in Oxford, England. From 1991-97, he lectured at the University of Oxford, designing the university's main survey of social science methods. Author of several books, he is an ideas consultant to corporations and organizations worldwide. A native of Chicago, he lives in London with his family.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: Birth

1. Bern Patent Office, 1905

Part 2: Ancestors of E=mc²

2. E is for Energy

3. =

4. m Is for mass

5. c Is for celeritas

6. ²

Part 3: The Early Years

7. Einstein and the Equation

8. Into the Atom

9. Quiet in the Midday Snow

Part 4: Adulthood

10. Germany's Turn

11. Norway

12. America's Turn

13. 8:16 AM - Over Japan

Part 5: Til the End of Time

14. The Fires of the Sun

15. Creating the Earth

16. A Brahmin Lifts His Eyes Unto the Sky

Epilogue: What Else Einstein Did

Appendix: Follow-Up of Other Key Participants

Notes

Guide to Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

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handwasher, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by handwasher)
Easily the best science-themed book I've ever read. The history of science is a neglected topic, but with books like this one, maybe it'll make a comeback.
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sockmonkey828, January 19, 2009 (view all comments by sockmonkey828)
I was captivated by this book. Not only were questions that I'd had answered in an easily understood manner, but fascinating questions I'd never considered were posed and their answers entertainingly described. The people, personalities and drama within the fields of mathematics and physics was engrossing. Hollywood types should take note of the potential motion picture material!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425181645
Subtitle:
A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
Author:
Bodanis, David
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Force and energy
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Mass
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
5]
Publication Date:
20011001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.43x4.65x.98 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425181645 Reviews:
"Review" by , "E=mc2, focusing on the 1905 theory of special relativity, is just what its subtitle says it is: a biography of the world's most famous equation, and it succeeds beautifully. For the first time, I really feel that I understand the meaning and implications of that equation, as Bodanis takes us through each symbol separately, including the = sign...there is a great 'aha!' awaiting the lay reader."
"Review" by , "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 chapter on the equation's birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge. Readers meet not only famous scientists at their best and worst but also such famous and infamous characters as Voltaire and Marat...Bodanis includes detailed, lively and fascinating back matter...His acknowledgements end, 'I loved writing this book.' It shows."
"Review" by , "Accessible...he seeks, and deserves, many readers who know no physics. They'll learn a handful-more important, they'll enjoy it, and pick up a load of biographical and cultural curios along the way."
"Synopsis" by , Already climbing the bestseller lists — and garnering rave reviews — this "little masterpiece" sheds brilliant light on the equation that changed the world.
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