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Why Does E=mc2?: And Why Should We Care?

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The most accessible, entertaining, and enlightening explanation of the best-known physics equation in the world, as rendered by two of today’s leading scientists.

Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein’s most famous equation, E=mc2. Breaking down the symbols themselves, they pose a series of questions: What is energy? What is mass? What has the speed of light got to do with energy and mass? In answering these questions, they take us to the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted. Lying beneath the city of Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss boarder, is a 27 km particle accelerator, known as the Large Hadron Collider. Using this gigantic machine—which can recreate conditions in the early Universe fractions of a second after the Big Bang—Cox and Forshaw will describe the current theory behind the origin of mass.

Alongside questions of energy and mass, they will consider the third, and perhaps, most intriguing element of the equation: 'c' - or the speed of light. Why is it that the speed of light is the exchange rate? Answering this question is at the heart of the investigation as the authors demonstrate how, in order to truly understand why E=mc2, we first must understand why we must move forward in time and not backwards and how objects in our 3-dimensional world actually move in 4-dimensional space-time. In other words, how the very fabric of our world is constructed. A collaboration between two of the youngest professors in the UK, Why Does E=mc2? promises to be one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity in recent years.

 

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"British theoretical physicists Cox and Forshaw offer lay readers a fascinating account of modern scientists' view of the world, and how it got that way. Without using complicated mathematics, Cox and Forshaw show how the search for 'mathematical consistency' can guide scientists in finding the 'laws that describe physical reality.' The authors provide the historical context that set the stage for Einstein's discovery, providing an easy-to-grasp explanation of counterintuitive experimental evidence, demonstrating how the speed of light acts as a 'cosmic speed limit,' the exception that proves the rule of relativity. The authors also clearly explain the tide shift that Einstein caused, transforming scientists' understanding of the world-'common-sense notions regarding space and time are dashed and replaced by something entirely new, unexpected, and elegant.' Though the basics are covered in detail, there's plenty here for science buffs to ponder." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In producing a text that would be accessible to general readers, Cox (particle physics, U. of Manchester, UK) and Forshaw's (theoretical physics, U. of Manchester, UK) major aim was "to describe Einstein's theory of space and time in the simplest way we can while at the same time revealing its profound beauty." They offer lay readers an explanation of Einstein's theory and how it underpins our understanding of the workings of the universe--answering questions such as what energy and mass are, what light is and why stars shine, why nuclear power is more efficient than coal or oil--providing readers with an opportunity to explore their own notions of space and time. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A deeply fascinating, engaging, highly accessible explanation of Einsteins equation, using everyday life to explore the principles of physics

Synopsis:

The most accessible, entertaining, and enlightening explanation of the best-known physics equation in the world, as rendered by two of today’s leading scientists.

About the Author

Brian Cox is a professor of particle physicist and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He divides his time between Manchester in the UK and the CERN laboratory in Geneva, where he heads an international project to upgrade the giant ATLAS and CMS detectors at the Large Hadron Collider. He has received many awards for his work promoting science, including being elected an International Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2002, an organization whose members include Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager. He is also a popular presenter on TV and radio, with credits which including a six-part series on Einstein for BBC Radio 4, 3 BBC Horizon programs on Gravity, Time and Nuclear Fusion, and a BBC4 documentary about the LHC at CERN, “The Big Bang Machine”. He was the Science Advisor on Danny Boyle's movie, the science-fiction thriller Sunshine. Brian also has an unorthodox background in the music business, having toured the world with various bands and played keyboard with D:REAM, who had several UK Top 10 hits including Things Can Only Get Better (re-released & used as Tony Blair's election anthem back in 1997.

Jeff Forshaw is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester, specializing in the physics of elementary particles. He was awarded the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal in 1999 for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics. He graduated from Oxford University and gained a PhD from Manchester University. From 1992-1995 he worked in Professor Frank Close's group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory before returning to Manchester in 1995. Jeff is an enthusiastic lecturer and currently teaches Einstein's Theory of Relativity to first year undergraduates. He has co-writing an undergraduate textbook on relativity for Wiley and he is the author of an advanced level monograph on particle physics for Cambridge University Press.

Cox and Forshaw began collaborating on scientific papers in 1998, and have published on topics ranging from Pomerons to Higgs Bosons. Their most successful paper to date deals with physics at the Large Hadron Collider in the absence of a Higgs particle.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306817588
Subtitle:
(And Why Should We Care?)
Author:
Cox, Brian
Author:
Forshaw, Jeff
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Space and time -- Mathematics.
Subject:
Special relativity (Physics) -- Mathematics.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090714
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British theoretical physicists Cox and Forshaw offer lay readers a fascinating account of modern scientists' view of the world, and how it got that way. Without using complicated mathematics, Cox and Forshaw show how the search for 'mathematical consistency' can guide scientists in finding the 'laws that describe physical reality.' The authors provide the historical context that set the stage for Einstein's discovery, providing an easy-to-grasp explanation of counterintuitive experimental evidence, demonstrating how the speed of light acts as a 'cosmic speed limit,' the exception that proves the rule of relativity. The authors also clearly explain the tide shift that Einstein caused, transforming scientists' understanding of the world-'common-sense notions regarding space and time are dashed and replaced by something entirely new, unexpected, and elegant.' Though the basics are covered in detail, there's plenty here for science buffs to ponder." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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A deeply fascinating, engaging, highly accessible explanation of Einsteins equation, using everyday life to explore the principles of physics
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The most accessible, entertaining, and enlightening explanation of the best-known physics equation in the world, as rendered by two of today’s leading scientists.
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