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E=mc2. Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einsteins formulation of 1905, 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. Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodaniss 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 writer ly 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
He then traces the applications of the equation.m. the most famous of which.5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price! .c and the square. then the drop and then goes on to explain other applications of the equation. -Gregory McNamee As a liberal arts major. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: E=mc2: A Biography of the Worlds Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis . This book scores extremely well as such an effort.energy side of the equation. Without sliding into easy psychobiography. Bodanis explores other circumstances as well. Bodanis explains the famous equation in terms easy to understand without being insulting. is the A-bomb. which combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work--a view that would change the world. Mr. There is a bit of editorilizing like his interpretation of the history of dropping the bomb and his obvious distaste for power plants. E. He tracks the history of each of its components. This is an interesting and well-written informative "biography". He relates the race between the Germans and Americans. including in space and the sun. replacing the dominion of matter with a great stillness--a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening. namely. I have always appreciated when science can be brought to terms understandable by the likes of me. Einsteins background and character. of course. but these brief interludes do not detract from the entirety.