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E=mc2 Audiobook

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

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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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    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.

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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 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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    TRUTH 06-22-10
    TRUTH 06-22-10
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    "Good Book..."

    Written Rather Well...

    ( though the author occasionally fixates/deviates on theme )


    & Read Rather Skillfully...


    Overall it was an enlightening/entertaining experience!


    Well Worth the Credit*

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    William P. Alford MD Denver, CO 02-18-10
    William P. Alford MD Denver, CO 02-18-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining too!"

    As entertaining as it is enlightening. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, and well-read by the narrator. I now have a greater understanding of the bomb, nuclear power, fusion vs fission, and insights into the people who brought forth the new physics.

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    Terry Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 04-01-08
    Terry Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 04-01-08
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    "Great theoretical physics for laymen"

    My favorite book about effects and meaning of Einstein's equation. The big epiphany for me was: why MC SQUARED? Wasn't the speed of light fast enough already? The book explained that. And the millisecond-by-millisecond description of the Hiroshima bomb explosion was unforgettable.

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    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 08-02-07
    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 08-02-07
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    "Facinating"

    This book truly lives up to its stated goal to explain what this famous equation means. The author explains each aspect in an easily understood manner and I enjoyed the illustrations and scientific history behind what led to these great discoveries. If you enjoy science but do not want to be overwhelmed, this is a great read!

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    Gabriel Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-03-07
    Gabriel Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-03-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting"

    This book is worth a listen. The author does a good job explaining Einstein's central idea and how it relates to everything around us. There is a good mix of history and science. If you want to understand E=mc2, grab this book.

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    Dana Ozark, MO, USA 11-26-06
    Dana Ozark, MO, USA 11-26-06
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    "E=MC2"

    If you have ever wondered about the equation E=MC2, this book does an excellent job of explaining it to any novice in physics. Excellently written and presented.

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