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Bodanis, David

Overview
Works: 84 works in 354 publications in 14 languages and 13,540 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary television programs  Miscellanea  Popular works  Biographies  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  History  Science television programs  Educational television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Narrator
Classifications: QC73.8.C6, 530.11
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Most widely held works about David Bodanis
 
Most widely held works by David Bodanis
E=mc² : a biography of the world's most famous equation by David Bodanis( Book )

80 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 3,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the science and scientists who provided the backdrop to Einstein's influential 1905 discovery and offers an explanation of the equation from mathematical, historical, and scientific perspectives
Electric universe : the shocking true story of electricity by David Bodanis( Book )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, in Electric Universe, he illuminates the wondrous yet invisible force that permeates our universe and introduces us to the virtuoso scientists who plumbed its secrets. For centuries, electricity was seen as little more than a curious property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Then, in the 1790s, Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that ignited an explosion of knowledge and invention. The force that once seemed inconsequential was revealed to be responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its power, we have created a world of wonders complete with roller coasters and radar, computer networks and psycho pharmaceuticals. A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. The great discoverers come to life in all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy, including the visionary Michael Faraday, who struggled against the prejudices of the British class system, and Samuel Morse, a painter who, before inventing the telegraph, ran for mayor of New York City on a platform of persecuting Catholics. Here too is Alan Turing, whose dream of a marvelous thinking machine what we know as the computer was met with indifference, and who ended his life in despair after British authorities forced him to undergo experimental treatments to cure his homosexuality. From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, Electric Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer. A popular history of the science of electricity follows the work of the scientists and pioneers who investigated its unique properties and secrets, including Alessandro Volta, Michael Faraday, and Samuel Morse, and discusses the influence of their scientific breakthroughs on our ability to harness its power. By the author of E=mc2. 75,000 first printing
The secret house : 24 hours in the strange and unexpected world in which we spend our nights and days by David Bodanis( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of science's application to the everyday world. Includes the physical and biological events that go on daily
The secret family : twenty-four hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodies by David Bodanis( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State-of-the-art photography complements the descriptions of physiological changes that occur during everyday events such as a diet, an argument, and a kiss, in an exploration of the effects of the outside world on our insides
The body book : a fantastic voyage to the world within by David Bodanis( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passionate minds : the great love affair of the Enlightenment, featuring the scientist Emilie Du Chatelet, the poet Voltaire, sword fights, book burnings, assorted kings, seditious verse, and the birth of the modern world by David Bodanis( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It was 1733 when the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Chatelet, a beguiling - and married - aristocrat who would one day popularize Newton's arcane ideas and pave the way for Einstein's theories. In an era when women were rarely permitted any serious schooling, this twenty-seven-year-old's nimble conversation and unusual brilliance led Voltaire, then in his late thirties, to wonder, "Why did you only reach me so late?" They fell immediately and passionately in love." "Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. Together the two lovers rebuilt a dilapidated and isolated rural chateau at Cirey where they conducted scientific experiments, entertained many of the leading thinkers of the burgeoning scientific revolution, and developed radical ideas about the monarchy, the nature of free will, the subordination of women, and the separation of church and state." "But their time together was filled with far more than reading and intellectual conversation. There were frantic gallopings across France, sword fights in front of besieged German fortresses, and a deadly burning of Voltaire's books by the public executioner at the base of the grand stairwell of the Palais de Justice in Paris. The pair survived court intrigues at Versailles, narrow escapes from agents of the king, a covert mission to the idyllic lakeside retreat of Frederick the Great of Prussia, forays to the royal gambling tables (where Emilie put her mathematical acumen to lucrative use), and intense affairs that bent but did not break their bond." "Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a vulnerable romantic, Passionate Minds at last does justice to the supremely unconventional life and remarkable achievements of Emilie da Chatelet - including her work on the science of fire and the nature of light. Long overlooked, her story tells us much about women's lives at the time of the Enlightenment. Equally important, it demonstrates how this graceful, quick-witted, and attractive woman worked out the concepts that would lead directly to the "squared" part of Einstein's revolutionary equation: E=mc[superscript 2]." "Based on a rich array of personal letters, as well as writings from houseguests, neighbors, scientists, and even police reports, Passionate Minds is both panoramic and intimate in feeling. It is an unforgettable love story and a vivid rendering of the birth of modern ideas."--Jacket
Einstein's greatest mistake : a biography by David Bodanis( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet, in the final decades of his life, he was ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed even by his closest friends. As the renowned writer David Bodanis explains in "Einstein's Greatest Mistake", this stunning downfall can be traced to Einstein's earliest successes and to personal qualities that were at first his best assets. Einstein's imagination and self-confidence served him well as he sought to reveal the universe's structure, but when it came to newer revelations in the field of quantum mechanics, these same traits undermined his quest for the ultimate truth. Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life, showing how Einstein's conviction in his own powers on intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, "Einstein's Greatest Mistake" reveals how much we owe Einstein today-and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws
The secret garden : dawn to dusk in the astonishing hidden world of the garden by David Bodanis( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witty style that The Washington Post called "marvelously captivating" and illustrated throughout with state-of-the-art microphotographs, The Secret Garden is an astonishing book that will fascinate and delight anyone who has ever set foot in a garden
Electric universe : [the shocking true story of electricity] by David Bodanis( Recording )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For centuries, electricity was seen as little more than a curious property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Then, in the 1790s, Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that ignited an explosion of knowledge and invention. The force that once seemed inconsequential was revealed to be responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its power, we have created a world of wonders-- complete with roller coasters and radar, computer networks and psychopharmeceuticals. A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, Electric universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer"--Container
La surprenante histoire de la fée électricité by David Bodanis( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passionate minds : the great Enlightenment love affair by David Bodanis( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emilie du Chatelet was one of the greatest thinkers of the 18th century, a woman whose work was of vital use to Einstein and who, until now, has been largely ignored by history. Fiercely intellectual and passionate, Emilie's relationship with Voltaire was as radical as her thinking; only after sword fights, wild affairs and rigging the French national lottery did the two finally find love together. In an isolated chateau they combined their unique talents, producing theories more than a century ahead of their time. Together they challenged the social norms and great injustices of the era, as well as expanding on Newton's Laws. When they ran out of money, Emilie, with her razor-sharp mathematics, would gamble in Versailles. Their progressive thinking won them only public scorn and even imprisonment in the Bastille for Voltaire. When their love finally ended, Emilie found happiness in an independent life until, tragically, she became pregnant. Then in her forties, it meant an almost certain death in childbirth. Voltaire returned to comfort her in her last months, when she wrote some of her most important work
Web of words : the ideas behind politics by David Bodanis( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret house : the extraordinary science of an ordinary day by David Bodanis( Book )

3 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. In this book, he takes us through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the science beneath the surface-from the billions of bacteria traveling from shower to toilet to toothbrush, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words-on an extraordinary tour
Bis Einstein kam : die abenteuerliche Suche nach dem Geheimnis der Welt by David Bodanis( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in German and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das geheimnisvolle Haus : d. Mikrowelt, in d. wir leben by David Bodanis( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. In this book, he takes us through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the science beneath the surface-from the billions of bacteria traveling from shower to toilet to toothbrush, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words-on an extraordinary tour
Being human : a day in the life of the human body by David Bodanis( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wo he wo de mi mi jia ting : 24 xiao shi de sheng huo ke xue by David Bodanis( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in Chinese and English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret house : the hidden world of your home by David Bodanis( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passionate minds : the great scientific affair by David Bodanis( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einstein's big idea( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dramatizes how Einstein arrived at his 1905 discovery that the realms of matter and energy are linked. Reveals the roots of this breakthrough in the human stories of scientists Michael Farady, Antoine Lavoisier and Lise Maitner, whose innovative thinking across four centures helped lead to E=mc², and ultimately unleashed the power of the atom
 
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E=mc² : a biography of the world's most famous equation
Alternative Names
Bodaniss, Deivids

David Bodanis divulgatore scientifico statunitense

Боданис, Дэвид

בודאניס, דייוויד

בודניס, דוד

데이비드 보더니스

보다니스 데이비드

보더니스, 데이비드

デイヴィッド・ボダニス

ボダニス, D.

ボダニス, デイヴィッド

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Electric universe : the shocking true story of electricityThe secret family : twenty-four hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodiesPassionate minds : the great love affair of the Enlightenment, featuring the scientist Emilie Du Chatelet, the poet Voltaire, sword fights, book burnings, assorted kings, seditious verse, and the birth of the modern worldThe secret garden : dawn to dusk in the astonishing hidden world of the gardenElectric universe : [the shocking true story of electricity]Passionate minds : the great Enlightenment love affairThe secret house : the extraordinary science of an ordinary dayWo he wo de mi mi jia ting : 24 xiao shi de sheng huo ke xue