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E=mc2 Audiobook

E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Executive Producer: Karen DiMattia
©2000 David Bodanis
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's a well-known equation, yet who but physicists really understand E=mc2? Bodanis rescues the masses from ignorance in an entertaining story about Einstein's formulation of the equation in 1905 and its association ever after with relativity and nuclear energy." (Booklist)

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    Keith Adler 03-27-05
    Keith Adler 03-27-05 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent!"

    A great book, with great pacing and great structure. Truly worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael The Woodlands, TX, USA 02-27-05
    Michael The Woodlands, TX, USA 02-27-05
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    "Brings science to life"

    A thoroughly enjoyable audio book which not only brings this famous equation to life but, more interestingly, the many people surrounding its development and application, in a way that is not too technical.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Lenexa, KS, United States 06-07-05
    Mark Lenexa, KS, United States 06-07-05
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    "Excellent!"

    An excellent investigation into the world's most famous equation and, more importantly, the people who surround it. David Bodanis and narrator do an excellent job of keeping one's interest. If you like science and the stories of scientists listen to this book! I highly recommend Bodanis' other work, Electric Universe, as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 08-16-15
    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 08-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed the concept and gain understanding."
    Where does E=mc2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I explained something very puzzling very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It doesn't really have characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not that kind of book, but I guess, describing the enormity of the speed of light squared.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would probably be a documentary, not really that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Your survey's asking the wrong sort of questions for the type of book that I'm reviewing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rose Israel 03-20-13
    J. Rose Israel 03-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, not so great read"
    What made the experience of listening to E=mc2 the most enjoyable?

    Its a fascinating topic, and the concept is great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I now, more or less, get what E=MC2 really means


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't like his voice or his intonation. Pit, because its great material. Deserved someone better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really that kind of book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 02-11-13
    Thomas INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A confectionary blend of science & narrative"
    Would you listen to E=mc2 again? Why?

    Yes. Because it's a great story and it really managed to get across the extremely difficult concept of relativity to me pretty well--or so I hope. Not being a physicist, my baseline is an incomplete understanding gathered from other pop sources.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of E=mc2?

    The extremely detailed description--literally it goes into a "molecular level detail"--of the atom bomb detonating over Hiroshima.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book was the description of relativity's effect on scientific conceptions of reality.


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    Jonathan Tomball, TX, United States 11-09-12
    Jonathan Tomball, TX, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "E does = MC2"
    What did you love best about E=mc2?

    What I really enjoyed about this book having read it previously in hardbound, is how the author explored the history of each aspect of the equation. For example how Faraday discovers energy, to the ability to discover the speed of light, even somthing as simple as the way we use equal signs today.

    A totally enlightening read.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book you will be pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toptim 07-09-12
    Toptim 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and informative"

    Bodanis presents the equation in a clever and interesting way. As a biography, it's fascinating, and not just crazy Al, the whole cast of characters and events leading up to and emanating from it's wild discoveries.

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    F. Shifreen New York, NY United States 06-05-11
    F. Shifreen New York, NY United States 06-05-11

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    "very disappointed in the presentation"

    Mr. Bodanis writes that he will explain e=mc2, simply and completely. This is what he does not do.
    The human stories of Faraday, Maxwell, lavoisier, as interesting as they may be, are not what I wanted
    to hear and not what he said he would do. There is enough meat in writing about the issues of the equation, without getting involved in human stories that have nothing to do with it. I remember I saw a documentary that must have been based on his book. I was disappointed with that too. It is false advertising, not that interesting to me, and one is charitable. I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Galvan 09-27-10
    A. Galvan 09-27-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great history"

    I thought this book would be more technical but I loved, LOVED the history. This kinda builds up to the theory and then beyond. GET IT!

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