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Just what those circumstances are occupies much of Bodanis's book, which pays homage to Einstein and, just as important, to predecessors such as Maxwell, Faraday, and Lavoisier, who are not as well known as Einstein today. Balancing writerly energy and scholarly weight, Bodanis offers a primer in modern physics and cosmology, explaining that the universe today is an expression of mass that will, in some vastly distant future, one day slide back to the energy side of the equation, replacing the "dominion of matter" with "a great stillness"--a vision that is at once lovely and profoundly frightening.
Without sliding into easy psychobiography, Bodanis explores other circumstances as well; namely, Einstein's background and character, which combined with a sterling intelligence to afford him an idiosyncratic view of the way things work--a view that would change the world. --Gregory McNamee
I like this book because it is entertaining. Cameron Diaz intro describes well its intent and never for once it pretends to be something more than an easy read for masses. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Iztok Golob
Great read, fantastic narration by the author. Makes science human.Published 18 days ago by Katherine R. Warner
I love this book. I read it with a highlighter in hand, now I am going back through and reading the highlighted parts. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Art Nicklaus
Great layman's account of the great equations in science and the people who created then.
Book is like new! My daughter has to have it for her honors science class at school and I am very pleased with the thickness of the cover and pages. High quality book..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melanie Carter
Bodanis does an outstanding job discussing everyone who even had the slightest evolvement in the creation of the equations E=MC^2 as well as how the equation was used later. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe Minieri
Excellent. My teenage niece was reading this, so I deceded to as well. Most of the important ideas and people are here, and in human form, not as statues. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S D Roemerman