Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the "biography" of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing ...
Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the "biography" of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery. Having demystified the equation, he explains its science and brings it to life; making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.
Well written body and the notes are just as fasinating as the body of the book.
Apr 15, 2007
Not even good for a Physics for Poets and lovers
This is really a very poor effort, in many instances clearly providing the author a platform for his own biased feelings on atomic energy etc; it seems a rather blatant effort to earn an easy buck on the work of Einstein at the time of his 100 year anniversary. Although several years old now, it apparatnly sold reasonably weel, but truely does a very poor and at times very biased job of describing the physics and the environment it which quantum physics and the BOMB was developed. Any reader with prior exposure to the phyisics, the history or the personalities described will see it for the shallow attempt. The chapters on the WW2 efforts to the develop the bomb etc are really a lightly veiled hatched job by an apparently anti- war anti bomb writer. Don't waste your time. Read Rhodes or Pais or the variety of good efforts on realtivity (even Einstien's own descriotions). The olde Clarke biography of Eonstein is also excellent
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