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E=mc2 A biography of the world's most famous equation By Bodanis

  1. Dec 23, 2004 #1
    I haven't had any luck in the books I've read lately. this is another book that is a nice try, but doesn't quite make it. Maybe I choose minutae on which to base my critiques, but sometimes the little things bother me the most. To start with this guy mentions his webpage at least 3 times in the middle of the text. It is not only tacky, but it will probably be erroneous in a few years. the book also reads like it wasn't written by one guy, or that too much time passed between rewrites. I'd be willing to bet a paycheck that this author wrote a story or paper about the bomb being dropped on Japan before even thinking about this book. And later he used it as a chapter in the book. You can tell because that chapter is almost poetic while the rest of the book is rather dull.
    this is another case of an author having such rich material and just not delivering. The explanations of what E, m, = and c are and why they are in the famous equation are really lacking and if you didn't understand them beforehand you wouldn't be much better off after.
    could have been much better, but the material is what I like to read about so I'm torn. 5 out of 10
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