Only read this book if you are interested in your universe!

Why Does E=MC2?

Ever tried to understand Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?   Or even just wondered if time travel was possible?  How about if the ever wonderful warp speed in Star Trek was feasible?

These and many other questions have a serious grounding in the new book Why Does E=MC2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw I was exceedingly lucky in high school to have a teacher that sparked a life long interest in physics for me.  He would jump up on the lab tables in his enthusiasm and stride up and down the aisles, ensuring that we were paying attention and catching the fire of how is our world defined.

So I was elated when Gear Diary was asked to review this book ,and I answered immediately to take this one on.  Besides I was on holiday and wanted to be able to say that I studied Einstein on my holiday!

The book is deceptively small, and yet is packed with information as to how we can approach understanding Relativity and Mass Energy Equivalence. From Aristotle, Galileo, Newton,  Maxwell and to Einstein. And don’t forget Pythagoras and Euclid, very important in defining our initial views of space.

Our intrepid authors don’t hesitate to cover themselves in chalk dust while walking us through the mathematics of how to arrive at E=MC2, and showing how the scientific methods used in physics are important at arriving at our understanding of the world..

So now that time and space are mostly an intuition, stated by Immanuel Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason, and confirmed by Einstein, what was I doing buying a Patek Philippe?

Read this book if you are interested in your universe and if you have ever stared at a starry sky and wondered how the twinkling stars you were looking at sent their twinkle billions of years ago at the speed of light..

Why Does e=MC2 is available from Amazon and from Perseus Books Group

August 2009
$24.00 U.S. · $30.50 CAN
ISBN 9780306817588
Published by Da Capo Press

What I liked: A concise, captivating, passionate, and well written explanation of Einstein’s Mass Energy Equivalence

What I didn’t Like: Nothing! Read this book!

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1 Comment on "Only read this book if you are interested in your universe!"

  1. Joel McLaughlin | August 11, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    I am taking an astronomy course this quarter and it has renewed my interest in the cosmos and physics. For without a understanding of Einstien’s theory and many others that are probably touched on in this book, then you can’t understand how starts are created. How they die and how they work. Might have to read this one.

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