Why Does E=mc2? : (and Why Should We Care?), Paperback Book

Why Does E=mc2? : (and Why Should We Care?) Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780306819117

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This is a very clear explanation of physics in a readable format that should be accessible to those with little prior knowledge. Unlike many of its type, it does not stop at E=mc2 but takes us forward to where physics is now, slotting a famous equation into perspective and making it part of a whole voyage of discovery.The authors' joy of physics is also conveyed in a book that bubbles with enthusiasm and excitement and sheer delight in the wonders of discovery. The last couple of pages in particular are uplifting in their celebration of achievement.