Why Does E=mcp2s?

Why Does E=mcp2s?

(and Why Should We Care?)

Audiobook CD - 2011
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The authors offer a highly accessible explanation of Einstein's equation, using everyday life to explore the principles of physics.
Publisher: [Rothley, Leicestershire, England] : W.F. Howes ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, [2011], p2010
ISBN: 9781456119720
Branch Call Number: CD 530.11 COX NVD
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 10, 2014

Highly recommended. A modern physics treatment of relativity and the standard model of the universe, geared for the most curious among us. This book focusses on the concepts, not the math. The Pythagorean theorem, that's the only pre-requisite. But the concepts are mind boggling, to say the least. Did you know a hot cup of coffee weighs more than a cold cup of the exact same coffee? Why? Relativity. This book explains it all. It has to be true, because E = M*C*C. The problem with most treatments of the theory of relativity -- which these authors manage to avoid -- is that the ideas are presented in the order in which they were historically discovered. Light rays bouncing off moving mirrors, nothing goes faster than the speed of light, and all that. But it misses the point. So forget about light; light is a red herring. Instead, the concept important to understand is that space and time in the universe we exist -- for reasons nobody understands -- are coupled. And the basis for this coupling is the same thing that underpins everything in the universe, the electromagnetic force. The reason you can't go faster than the speed of light, or more precisely, the speed of electromagnetic radiation, is because you are made of what the universe is made of, EM radiation. So you can't go faster than yourself. If you've ever wondered why kinetic energy = 1/2 * M * V * V; but the energy of equivalent of mass has no 1/2 in its equation, that's a toughie, but this book explains it. Again, highly recommended for those curious about this topic, and modern physics in general, but aren't interested in wading through the details of the maths.

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