E=MC2: The Great Ideas That Shaped Our World
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E=MC2: The Great Ideas That Shaped Our World

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by Pete Moore
     
 

If you’ve ever thought how useful it would be to have a friendly, expert guide to steer you through the modern maze of knowledge, your search is over—E=mc2 is your answer. This new-style home reference resource is nothing less than a nuts-and-bolts factopedia, homing in on the really big ideas that have impacted on our world and

Overview

If you’ve ever thought how useful it would be to have a friendly, expert guide to steer you through the modern maze of knowledge, your search is over—E=mc2 is your answer. This new-style home reference resource is nothing less than a nuts-and-bolts factopedia, homing in on the really big ideas that have impacted on our world and making finding out all about them as simple as ABC. It’s essential information at a glance, presented in a clear, comprehensive, and understandable way.

Getting what you want to know out of the book is simplicity itself. Turn to either of the two main sections—The World Around Us or The World Within Us—and you’ll find full coverage of the key movers and shakers, conveniently listed in specific sub-sections, according to their respective discipline.

Take the physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Uncertainty Principle as an example. You’ve probably heard of it, but do you know precisely what it is, how it was devised, and why it is considered such a seminal landmark in modern thought? You’ll find out the answers in plain English that’s a pleasure to read and a joy to comprehend, so that, even if you’ve started by looking for something specific, you’ll find yourself reading on for sheer browsing pleasure. You’ll see not only what the Uncertainty Principle means, but discover how it impacted not only on science, but on knowledge as a whole.

There’s no plowing through a mass of extraneous information—each entry cuts straight to the chase, taking you to the heart of the matter. All the facts are at your fingertips, filling in the blanks and gaps in your general knowledge left over from school or college. Putting you fully in the picture and in the know, E=mc2 is your key to being better informed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435101692
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/30/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.06(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Pete Moore BSc PhD is a freelance science writer and a visiting lecturer in ethics at Trinity College Bristol. He has worked on scientific committees with Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords. As an award-winning journalist and author, he has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, The Lancet, The British Medical Journal and BioMedNet.com. Much of his work focuses on the interface between science and its impact on society, often looking at how scientific discoveries have influenced philosophical debate. His previous books include Killer Germs, Babel’s Shadow, Pregnancy—a testing time, and Trying for a Baby. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Medical Journalist’s Association and a member of the British Association of Science Writers. He is married with children and lives in Surrey, England.

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E=MC2: The Great Ideas That Shaped Our World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
aPUPPY187 More than 1 year ago
Written By Blake N.C. The book The Great Ideas That Shaped Our World by Peter Moore is in my opinion a 9 star book. It is the best compilation of influential figures and ideas from every aspect of science. It not only explains the background of the figure but it also explains their contribution to science and how it affects us. The author does a wonderful job at expressing the ideas and contributions in the book. He also has a section that tells what other genius people they were in association with. The author was resourceful in the information that is stated, he make sure that the most important facts about the person and their ideas are stated. The book is well written and was relatively easy for me to comprehend. I found that I actually knew very little about some of the people that influence my life and the way that I think. For example, I look up to Archimedes and Einstein but before this book I knew very little about either. One of the reasons that I like this book is because it has such a wide variety of people and ideas. I think that the book would be a good read for those of us who have a higher reading level and would like to know more about the most influential people and ideas that the world has ever seen. Overall this book was the most informing and intriguing book that I have ever read and it will continue to make me think about everything I do for the rest of my life. word count 262
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tracing fundamental questions with historical figures.
gaja More than 1 year ago
This is very helpful book. My kid learned about the scientists and got more aware about the science.