By David Bodanis
Already mountaineering the bestseller lists-and garnering rave reviews—this "little masterpiece" sheds significant gentle at the equation that modified the world.
Bodanis starts by way of devoting chapters to every of the equation's letters and logos, introducing the technology and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery—from Ole Roemer's revelation that the rate of sunshine can be measured to Michael Faraday's pioneering paintings on strength fields. Having demystified the equation, Bodanis explains its technology and brings it to existence traditionally, making transparent the dazzling array of discoveries and outcomes it made attainable. it will turn out to be a beacon in the course of the 20th century, very important to Ernest Rutherford, who came across the constitution of the atom, Enrico Fermi, who probed the nucleus, and Lise Meitner, who eventually understood how atoms can be break up vast open. And it has come to notify our day-by-day lives, governing every little thing from the atomic bomb to a television's cathode-ray tube to the carbon relationship of prehistoric paintings.