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

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Doubleday Canada, 2001 - Force and energy - 337 pages
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“This argument is amusing and seductive, but for all I know, the Lord may be laughing over it and leading me down the garden path.” – Albert Einstein in a letter to a friend

When E=mc2 was born in 1905 Albert Einstein was unsure of what he had accomplished. In fact, he had done nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe. In this brilliant and accessible book, David Bodanis illuminates one of science’s most complex concepts. Ranging widely from Exit signs in theatres to the future fate of the earth, and presenting colourful portraits of the scientists behind the discoveries, Bodanis delivers a scintillating account of the real meaning of E=mc2.

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

A discussion of the impact and nature of Einstein's work structured like a biography of the equation, E = mc^2. A lively narrative, not terribly technical. The book covers Einstein's original addendum ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Excellent. The first chapters actually pertain to the equation components E, "equals sign", m, C and yes, "squared". The remainder is comprised of the history of relativity and atomic theory, with ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

David Bodanis is the author of six books, including the bestselling The Secret House. He teaches mathematical physics at Oxford and lives in London.

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