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Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?) by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

22 Mar

I’ve been a fan of Brian Cox for years. His infectious enthusiasm, his ability to boil down complex concepts for an average dude without a physics degree, and his clear passion for what he does, make him compelling viewing.

So after seeing him and Jeff Forshaw lecture on the subject of this book, I decided to get a bit more in depth and check out the book.

It’s excellent. The guys are able to help me to understand and visualise relativity. This is easier said than done with such a counter-intuitive topic, and they do it with style.

They look at space, time, spacetime, relativity and mass. They bring in a bit of chemistry making things clear that I didn’t get at school.

The last book I read on this topic was Hawking’s Brief History which was rubbish. Badly written and impenetrable.

I came from this book with a much clearer understanding of E=mc^2, particle physics and where we’re going with the latest research.

I’ll read it again for sure.

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