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Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care Audiobook

Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.
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In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

©2010 Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 11-30-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 11-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    It is always hard to know where to make your pitch. This must be true of every non-fiction title, but I expect it is particularly true of physics. One can't get any more iconic than the formula at the heart of this title, but very few of us know what it really means or why it is so important. I got interested in finding out about the time reports were leaking out of CERN about a particle that was faster than light. I thought it was time to turn to Cox and Forshaw for help (again). Of course they supplied the answers, but pitched at a level that was a bit too general for my liking. I was having fun with the maths (now that I don't need to pass exams) and getting into the dimensions they explore in the text when, suddenly I couldn't follow the math myself and I read the dreaded words (or words to the effect of), "take it from me, if you do the maths, this is the result". I wanted to do the maths. So, i ordered the hardcopy from Amazon, hoping it would be filled with lots of nice tables, diagrams and appendices. There are some diagrams, but the detail is omitted. That's fine of course for where the authors pitched the text, but I was a bit disappointed. I of course went out and got Physics for Dummies (or something akin to it), then went onto a text book and now I'm happy and ready to write this review.
    The rub is, if you know nothing and are happy with something, then you'll be well pleased with this. If you want to do the math (like me) then it's a beginning, not an ending.
    Jeff Forshaw reads the title with interest and is easy to listen to. No problem with the performace, at all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Tynong North, Australia 06-13-11
    Roy Tynong North, Australia 06-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Needs a few Diagrams"

    Audio books, in the main, are an effective means of absorbing difficult concepts.
    There are however pit-falls. E=MC2 falls into one of them.
    This audio version only needs a few diagrams to make it the best tutorial on Relativity.
    A complementary web site would lift it from frustratingly incomplete to brilliant.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    serine 04-22-16
    serine 04-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Introduction to Relativity !"

    This is a great introduction to understanding how energy has been converted to mass and back into energy, creating every bit of known matter. The first part of the book introduces the reader to the concept of e=mc2, in very simple and easy to understand terms. In the second part of the book, the authors breakdown the equation to teach any curious learner the math behind the equation. Even if you are not interested in breaking down the math, I would still highly recommend this book if you are curious about special or general relativity.

    I found the 3rd part of the book to be the most enjoyable. The authors give a fantastic and extremely easy to understand survey of the various types of stars in the universe. Stars are one of my favorite things to read about, and I have read my share of books about them. I would definitely say these authors excelled at explaining the relationship between mass and type of star as well as the forces at work to keep stars active. There is a beautiful dance that exists between the inward pull of gravity and the outward push of fusion and electron repulsion. The way the authors organized this discussion was so simple and beautiful. I think anyone interested in the dynamics of stars would love this book. They did not mention my favorite star, the brown dwarf. That was a tiny bit disappointing.

    The final part of the book gave an extremely brief summary of the standard model as well as a summary of some of the particles accelerators and wave detectors. The authors chose not to bog the reader down with the various particles of the standard model. They were more interested in trying to help the reader understand how these particles are at work in e = mc2.

    I would definitely recommend this book for someone who is looking for an introduction or a refresher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Will 06-20-15
    Will 06-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome, but difficult subject for audio"

    It is difficult to organize the information at times when just listening. This is especially true if u listen while performing other tasks in which you're likely to be interrupted (such as driving). The information is intriguing and the story telling/thought experiments captivating.

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    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 10-30-14
    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.

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    Would you listen to Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care again? Why?

    I fully plan to listen to the book again... and again... and again. I have a general understanding of the topic and am not a physicist or mathematician, but I know enough to do the math in this book, I just want to understand it better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care?

    Mathematically changing the unit of measurement from meters per second to the speed of light (c).


    What does Jeff Forshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a similar accent to Brian Cox and sounds like he REALLY KNOWS this material. It was a pleasure to listen to him through the reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made lightbulbs go off over and over again... it was GREAT!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melissa.weers 11-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "so way should we care?"
    Where does Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great book you will need to read it more then once to get all the info and becuse of that it great that it on mp3 so you can listen with easi


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lincoln W. Telford Norway 09-15-13
    Lincoln W. Telford Norway 09-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A good review of Physics"
    What made the experience of listening to Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care the most enjoyable?

    I thought that this book did a real good job of explaining the theory of relativity with out using any more complex math then Patagium theorem.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is better to have breaks and think about what was discussed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A reader of fact and fiction 02-26-14
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    "Bad reader, bad audiobook"
    What did you like best about Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care? What did you like least?

    Very interesting book, well written about hard-to-grasp subject.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Forshaw’s performance?

    I am afraid this might be an accent thing, but the reader has tendency to Emphasis every Other word WithOut any Relation To Context. Also, he avoids vowels, for example word "unimaginable" becomes "'nmginble". This makes listening to at least this book tiresome experience.


    Any additional comments?

    There probably are many explaining illustrations in this book - which are not available when you are listening in a car.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    3/9/16
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    "love the book, the audio book is harder to follow"

    without the diagrams it's a little hard to follow but a nice recap to reading the book a few months ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/29/16
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    "Great, but better read with equations to look at!"

    Really good listen overall, although I'm not sure they always achieve their goals of making it completely accessible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Rawson
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    2/16/16
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    "Interesting but not the best"

    I've read a lot of popular science books and felt rather let down by this one. The performance was a little lacklustre I'm afraid. Obviously the authors have great enthusiasm for the subject but it didn't really work for me in this format. Big fan but sorry not my fave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    2/14/16
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    "Try, Try and Try again."
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    If you have a love of the subject then great book for you, needed to go over some chapters a couple of times to make sure I understood, but definitely worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graeme Connell
    2/10/16
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    "Wow"

    This book is so complicated to listen to. I wish I hadn't wasted a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/9/16
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    "Excited Pace Covering A lot of Material"

    So, the subject matter has a high barrier to entry. However, without skipping much or trying to defer things indefinitely, the subject matter is built from the ground up and eventually encompasses a lot. The narrator obviously enjoys delivering the content and his enthusiasm, that is so obvious, becomes infectious.

    I've listened this in the car, looking out to sea at the beach and walking around the supermarket. I mention this so that you can appreciate how accessible it is. I intend to revisit some chapters just for clarity and enjoyment, but that is more to do with my own personal states or tiredness than difficulty with the presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Director
    Midlands, UK
    2/5/16
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent book well narrated. If you only listen to the audio, without the hardcopy book at hand, then following some of the equations in detail is tricky but even so book is a fantastic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Paul Wilde
    UK
    2/2/16
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    "Doesn't work as an audio book - need to see maths"
    What would have made Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care better?

    Should have the maths as a .PDF; impossible to follow along to someone telling you equations.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw ’s story?

    Impossible to follow along to the maths without seeing it written down


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Forshaw?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed, lots of interesting ideas ( facts ) presented, but overall, the lack of the maths made it difficult to follow.Don't buy if you want a physics introduction either as it's way too shallow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lukasz
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    7/20/15
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    "easy to follow"

    Very nicely told story, given the sophisticated nature of the subject it is very easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    4/21/15
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    "A great listen"

    Overall I thought the book was very well written and some of the difficult concepts were explained very well indeed. The maths is hard to follow as audio, but thankfully there's not too much of it and even if you don't get it, it doesn't really matter as the points are explained so well.

    Would think this book is more for the intermediate physics reader and would perhaps be hard going for someone new the subject, although you could still give it a go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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