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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Bodanis Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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E=mc2 was born in 1905, the brainchild of Albert Einstein.

In this lucid and brilliant book, one of the best popularizers of science illuminates one of science’s most complex concepts. Ranging widely from exit signs in theatres to the future fate of the earth, from smoke detectors to black holes and the structure of the atom, David Bodanis delivers a scintillating and colorful account of the real meaning of E=mc2.

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  • E=mc2, focusing on the 1905 theory of special relativity, is just what its subtitle says it is: a biography of the world’s most famous equation, and it succeeds beautifully. For the first time, I really feel that I understand the meaning and implications of that equation, as Bodanis takes us through each symbol separately, including the = sign…There is a great ‘aha!’ awaiting the lay reader.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “This is not a physics book. It is a history of where the equation [E=mc2] came from and how it has changed the world. After a short chapter on the equation’s birth, Bodanis presents its five symbolic ancestors in sequence, each with its own chapter and each with rich human stories of achievement and failure, encouragement and duplicity, love and rivalry, politics and revenge…Bodanis includes detailed, lively, and fascinating back matter…His acknowledgements end, ‘I loved writing this book.’ It shows.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A clearly written, astonishingly understandable book that celebrates human achievement and provides some idea of the underlying scientific orderliness and logic that guides the stars and rules the universe.”


  • “‘The equation that changed everything’ is familiar to even the most physics-challenged, but it remains a fuzzy abstraction to most. Science writer Bodanis makes it a lot more clear.”


  • “Bodanis truly has a gift for bringing his subject matter to life.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Entertaining…Bodanis effectively opens up E=mc2 to the widest audience.”


  • “Accessible…He seeks, and deserves, many readers who know no physics. They’ll learn a handful—more important, they’ll enjoy it, and pick up a load of biographical and cultural curios along the way.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2000 Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Science and Technology

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/28/2014

    " A fascinating read for anyone who wants to learn about the equation - it's history, meaning, and implications in our world. The history's of the scientists involved are brief, but enlightening. It might help to have a bit of background knowledge about the history of the atom to more fully grasp the complexities of a lot of the scientific work discussed. Overall, I felt this book was well written enough that any non-science person could get through it without struggle and with interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kendar88 | 1/27/2014

    " Not very memorable. Went into each part of E, M, C and the people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jake | 1/25/2014

    " This book was a decent book, but even better if you are interested in physics. I learned a few things about the equation and also a better understanding of physics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natalie | 1/23/2014

    " I listened to this book a couple of months ago and I just haven't gotten around to posting a review until now. I thought it was okay. I guess I just wasn't interested in the equation to begin with. I have been wondering if Cameron Diaz felt like she got her question answered though! "

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