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

Paperback | October 9, 2001

byDavid BodanisForeword bySimon Singh

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“This argument is amusing and seductive, but for all I know, the Lord may be laughing over it and leading me down the garden path.” – Albert Einstein in a letter to a friend

When E=mc2 was born in 1905 Albert Einstein was unsure of what he had accomplished. In fact, he had done nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe. In this brilliant and accessible book, David Bodanis illuminates one of science’s most complex concepts. Ranging widely from Exit signs in theatres to the future fate of the earth, and presenting colourful portraits of the scientists behind the discoveries, Bodanis delivers a scintillating account of the real meaning of E=mc2.

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“This argument is amusing and seductive, but for all I know, the Lord may be laughing over it and leading me down the garden path.” – Albert Einstein in a letter to a friendWhen E=mc2 was born in 1905 Albert Einstein was unsure of what he had accomplished. In fact, he had done nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of t...

David Bodanis is the author of six books, including the bestselling The Secret House. He teaches mathematical physics at Oxford and lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 9, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385258917

ISBN - 13:9780385258913

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intresting and enjoyable for the laymen I was a bit intimidated at first about the book. I thought it would be way over my head since I'm not in the least a science or physics buff. However I found this book to be quite interseting and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very imformative and makes for a fascinating read This book is a great read for the humanities student who knows Einstein was important and his theory was important but has no idea what the hell it means. Physics comes to life in this book and Bodanis does a great job in making the painfully complex fascinatingly clear.
Date published: 2004-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What Tripe! Hardly a definitive work on the methodology behind the discovery. Its a poorly written history that misses the most fundamental points and jumps through topics with Heisenberg uncertainty.
Date published: 2001-11-20

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 • Birth
Bern Patent Office, 1905

Part 2 • Ancestors of E=mc2
E is for Energy
=
m Is for mass
c Is for celeritas
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Part 3 • The Early Years
Einstein and the Equation
Into the Atom
Quiet in the Midday Snow

Part 4 • Adulthood
Germany's Turn
Norway
American's Turn
8:16 AM — Over Japan

Part 5 • Till the End of Time
The Fires of the Sun
Creating the Earth
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

Editorial Reviews

“Bodanis’s account is exhilarating….This book filled me, once again, with delight at what numbers, together with a free-ranging intellect, can achieve. E=mc² is to be treasured because, in its small compass, it reveals so much of what makes science tick….a few more books like this and perhaps our policy makers will remember what science is about” —The Globe and Mail