Executive Producer: Karen DiMattia
©2000 David Bodanis
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.
"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)
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.
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.
I explained something very puzzling very well.
It doesn't really have characters.
It's not that kind of book, but I guess, describing the enormity of the speed of light squared.
It would probably be a documentary, not really that kind of book.
Your survey's asking the wrong sort of questions for the type of book that I'm reviewing.
Its a fascinating topic, and the concept is great.
I now, more or less, get what E=MC2 really means
I didn't like his voice or his intonation. Pit, because its great material. Deserved someone better.
Not really that kind of book
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.
The extremely detailed description--literally it goes into a "molecular level detail"--of the atom bomb detonating over Hiroshima.
Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book was the description of relativity's effect on scientific conceptions of reality.
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.
Read this book you will be pleasantly surprised.
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.
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.
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