Why Does E=mc2?: And Why Should We Care?

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Why Does E=mc2?: And Why Should We Care?

Format:  Paperback,

249 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Jul 2010

ISBN-13: 9780306818769

ISBN-10: 0306818760

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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.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Jul 2010
ISBN-13: 9780306818769
ISBN-10: 0306818760
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 249
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Space and Timep. 1
The Speed of Lightp. 17
Special Relativityp. 37
Spacetimep. 57
Why Does E=mc2?p. 103
And Why Should We Care? Of Atoms, Mousetraps, and The Power of the Starsp. 143
The Origin of Massp. 171
Warping Spacetimep. 219
Indexp. 243

Awards and Recognitions

  • Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (formerly Aventis Prizes for Science Books), 2010 (United Kingdom)

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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.

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