Why Does E=MC2?: (And Why Should We Care?)

Why Does E=MC2?: (And Why Should We Care?)


By (author) Brian Cox, By (author) Jeff Forshaw

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0306818760
  • ISBN 13: 9780306818769
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 25,176

Product description

What does E=mc2 actually mean? Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein's famous equation. Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light--while exploding commonly held misconceptions--they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation. Along the way, we visit the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted: the now-famous Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator capable of re-creating conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.A collaboration between one of the youngest professors in the United Kingdom and a distinguished popular physicist, "Why Does E=mc2?" is one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity.

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Author information

Brian Cox is a distinguished particle physicist and popular TV host who divides his time between Manchester, England, and Geneva, Switzerland.Jeff Forshaw is a professor at the University of Manchester and a recipient of the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal. He lives in Manchester, England.

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Blogcritics.org, 8/22/10 "Cox and Forshaw make a good point in stating that space, time, and even nature are contained within the equation...Although the theory might be tricky, the authors show they understand readers are not on their level. By going one step at a time, the buildup ensures each chuck is absorbed slowly rather than all at once."Booktrade.info, 8/24/10 "This book takes the world's most famous equation apart and puts it back together again in a way that is lively and understandable. We were delighted to find our knowledge of equations--long forgotten since leaving school for some of us--reinvigorated and felt ourselves rediscovering our enjoyment of mathematics." "Choice," September 2010"Thorough, engaging." "New Scientist," 8/28/10"Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw tackle the most famous equation of all time in a remarkable comprehensible way...The pair make some surprising points that I haven't seen expressed in quite the same way...Well worth a read." "January, " 8/16/10"Particle physics professor Brian Cox and professor of theoretical physics, Jeff Forshaw are clearly trained to have the answers. But here's something that training as a physicist simply can not teach: they deliver their message not only clearly, but with a deep and resonant humor." BiblioBuffet.com"[Cox and Forshaw are] good communicators overall (they find understandable ways of explaining most concepts) and they have important things to say...What's important about this book is not that it says something new about science. It's that it gives a primer for understanding how a certain type of scientist sees the universe." "New York"" Journal of Books""[An] easy-to-read little book...[Cox and Forshaw] very cleverly introduce all the ideas we will need to get to the world's most famous equation, E=mc2. What is more, they focus on the most puzzling part: the question of what c, the speed of light, is doing in there...Their arguments are so presented so clearly...It is to their credit