BODANIS E MC2 PDF

Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodanis's book, which pays homage to Einstein and, just as important, to predecessors such as Maxwell, Faraday, and Lavoisier, who are not as well known as Einstein today. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, explaining that the universe today is an expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the "dominion of matter" with "a great stillness"--a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodanis's book, which pays homage to Einstein and, just as important, to predecessors such as Maxwell, Faraday, and Lavoisier, who are not as well known as Einstein today.

Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, explaining that the universe today is an expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the "dominion of matter" with "a great stillness"--a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening.

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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein's formulation of , which came into the world as something of an afterthought.

But far fewer can explain his insightful linkage of energy to mass. David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. Mass, he writes, "is simply the ultimate type of condensed or concentrated energy," whereas energy "is what billows out as an alternate form of mass under the right circumstances.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 06, Darin rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-top , science. It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top It is about an equation. 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 It may not seem strange that I include a history book in my top He also talks about the people and mini-dramas of science that led to the famous discovery in It is easy on science and numbers--which is fine for me. The hard-core readers can find number-crunching equations on the book's website. It is bursting with stories that are seldom heard in the textbooks--making it easy and fun read. While I don't agree with some of his conclusions in later chapters, he does make you think.

I recommend this to any of my friends with the slightest bit of interest in physics. View 1 comment. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Did Einstein Shag Marilyn Monroe? It's more a book about the atomic bomb which was something I was not expecting.

For those of you expecting something more Physics-oriented, here's a quick rundown of the equation. There's a lot of confusion surrounding this equation caused by oversimplification.

As it stands, the equation If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. 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.

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 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. Many of which I had much more insight than what's in the book. This book contains a far little and juvenile scientific approach, which 'might' annoy certain people with a profound knowledge in Physics.

But it also gave me many amazing details of certain discoveries. A customer at work: "This title is so stupid, who knows that this would even mean, 'e equals mc two. How the hell am I supposed to know what this book is even about? View all 6 comments. A very well constructed story. Turned out to be of less scientific insight than I had hoped but was full of delightful historical factoids.

Full review to follow. View all 7 comments. Oct 11, Gendou rated it it was ok Shelves: history-of-science , non-fiction , physics , science. This book is not what's advertised. It's mostly counting pages about the building of the first nuclear bomb.

If you're into war history, you may like this book. Which this is not. The author writes like an outsider looking in. I didn't feel like he had a firm grasp of the physics.

He uses really poor analogies to try and describe the physics to the layperson instead of just explaining the physics like it is. Such h This book is not what's advertised. Such half-wrong analogies are worse than useless because it later takes time to cure the lay reader of the resulting misconceptions.

Why plant them in the first place? The book even ends on an anti-intellectual tone, where it's claimed Einstein was a "profit" bringing down knowledge from "on high". This is the absolute opposite of the truth. Physics is accessible to anyone who is interested enough to spend the time and energy it takes to learn. The author's apparent lack of expertise is also on display in the many subtle mistakes in the book. For example, he says that GPS satellites need a "relativistic fix" because the satellites are "traveling so fast".

Sure, there's a 7 microsecond delay due to special relativity from their twice daily orbit around the Earth. But that's ignoring the larger, 45 microsecond delay due to general relativity from the Earth's gravity well!

I hate that word and it's almost exclusively used inaccurately by Creationists. But it happens to fit what this book has in it. It's claimed, over and over again, that the bombs dropped on Japan were somehow due to the equation. Which they weren't. The discoveries of radioactivity and the theory behind radioactive criticality had nothing to do with the equation.

But it's ridiculous to say the equation "allowed", "enabled", or "caused" nuclear bombs to detonate over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since it's the thesis of the book, this poor philosophy is repeated throughout the book.

Each time I read that the equation "made" something possible, or that something happened as "a result of" the equation, I wanted to stab out my eyes with an ice pick.

View all 5 comments. Apr 22, Rohan rated it liked it Shelves: physics-science. It looks like I cannot get enough of Historical Science books. This is yet another book that surprised me. In this book, the Author presents History and the impact of Einstein's famous equation. He initially tries to give a decent historical account of how the equation came about.

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The little book of genius

After an interview with Premier magazine, the Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was asked if there was anything she wanted to know. This exchange inspired science writer David Bodanis to write a short, lively book aimed at anybody who has ever wondered about Einstein's equation. It is neither a biography of Einstein, although we do learn something about him along the way, nor is it an explanation of all his work, although we do encounter a little general relativity at the end of the book. Bodanis begins by explaining each element of the equation. For example, E represents energy, and by physicists concluded that energy is conserved.

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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. A native of Chicago, he lives in London. Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear.

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