AUTHORBodanis, David
TITLEE=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
PUBLISHERWalker and Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2000
ISBN0-8027-1352-1


This book describes the evolution of Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, as well as the implications of those theories for later scientists. The first part of the book is devoted to a historical survey of the composite parts of the famous equation: the fundamentals of the concepts and the scientists responsible for discovering them. The author, David Bodanis, then investigates how Einstein synthesized those concepts into his own theories. In addition, he discusses the application of the theory of special relativity to the creation of the atomic bomb, and he gives a history of the race between the Allied powers and Germany during World War II to manufacture an atomic bomb. Bodanis concludes the book with chapters applying the theory of relativity to the universe, including reactions in the sun and black holes. The book is very informative for a general audience and provides brief biographical sketches of the most important scientists involved in the development and expansion of the theory of relativity.


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