• by David Bodanis
  • Narrated by Dan Cashman
  • 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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now i understand

For those that can easily recognize E=mc2 as the theory of relativity, but never took high school physics, this book is for you.
Step by step, building brick upon brick, you develop an understanding of exactly what this powerful equation really means.
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- Andy

A good introduction

A good introduction to that famous formula and related concepts. After listening to this, if you want more science for the layman you want to listen to the excellent "The Fabric of the Cosmos".
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio