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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (63 of 72)


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Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox
Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox
In this book Cox and Forshaw have given a very good contemporary introduction to relativity which addresses some of the recent developments in physics, especially the hunt for the Higgs boson. A long the way Cox and Forshaw give a very well explained introduction to the mathematics and geometry involved in understanding the equation. A lot of books shy away from this sort of description of what the equation means, but it is great this book delves into those explanations. A greater understanding of relativity can be gained from understanding those foundations so it is valuable to have a book that is willing to do that. As a book it is not difficult to read, and the explanations are made… Read more
Four Laws That Drive the Universe by Peter Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough, 1 April 2012
This book gives a very concise explanation of the laws of thermodynamics. It is well written and interesting. However, what it lacks is some more explaining. There are always lots of questions that can be asked about thermodynamics, but this book only gives a short introduction to the topic. To fully understand thermodynamics there needs to be more explanation and perhaps some more equations. I found myself being more unsure about my understanding of thermodynamics after reading this than I was before.
Seventeen Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The difficulty with a book devoted to the important equations is that there is a lot of very complex mathematics which underpins those equations. To understand a lot of the equations in this book it would be helpful to know something about calculus or other higher level maths. Since nowadays you can do an A level in Physics without studying calculus it seems that this book can only be aimed at undergraduate students or people who have studied these interesting areas. Nevertheless, this book is a great inspiration to those who have an understanding of maths and want to develop it further beyond what they know.

These equations have had a remarkable impact on our lives and our… Read more

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