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Bodanis, David

Overview
Works: 59 works in 307 publications in 19 languages and 12,912 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary television programs  Television adaptations  Biographical television programs  Miscellanea  Popular works  Fiction  History  Film adaptations  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: QC73.8.C6, 530.11
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Publications about David Bodanis
Publications by David Bodanis
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 )
105 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 17 languages and held by 3,605 libraries worldwide
Examines the science and scientists who provided the backdrop to Einstein's seminal 1905 discovery and offers a definitive explanation of the equation from a mathematical, historical, and scientific perspective
Electric universe : the shocking true story of electricity by David Bodanis( Book )
47 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 13 languages and held by 2,583 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 )
24 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 1,257 libraries worldwide
An account of science's application to the everyday world. Includes the physical and biological events that go on daily
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 )
26 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,019 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
The secret family : twenty-four hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodies by David Bodanis( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 895 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 887 libraries worldwide
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 403 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( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 265 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
Web of words : the ideas behind politics by David Bodanis( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 131 libraries worldwide
Being human : a day in the life of the human body by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
E=mc² [a biography of the world's most famous equation] by David Bodanis( Sound Recording )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
"Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the "biography" of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery. Having demystified the equation, he explains its science and brings it to life; making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe"--Container
Wo he wo de mi mi jia ting : 24 xiao shi de sheng huo ke xue by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in Chinese and held by 26 libraries worldwide
How electricity switched on the modern world by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Four great forces control the universe, and electromagnetism is one of the most powerful of them all. This book takes us from Hamburg cellars during a Second World War firestorm, to the mind of Alan Turing, brilliant computer inventor, hounded by the authorities of the country he'd helped save
The secret family : 24 hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodies by David Bodanis( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
The secret garden : talking beetles and signaling trees--hidden ways gardens communicate by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
A biography of the world's most famous equation by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
E=mc2 une biographie de l'équation by Gary Johnstone( visu )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in German and French and held by 12 libraries worldwide
"Le fabuleux destin de ceux qui ont ouvert la voie à la théorie d'Einstein et à ceux qui l'ont mise en pratique
El universo eléctrico : la sorprendente aventura de la electricidad by David Bodanis( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 10 libraries worldwide
The ten commandments by David Bodanis( Book )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
E=mc² a biography of the world's most famous equation by David Bodanis( file )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the biography of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery
 
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Alternative Names
Bodaniss, Deivids
Боданис, Дэвид
בודאניס, דייוויד
데이비드 보더니스
ボダニス, デイヴィッド
Languages
English (158)
German (22)
Spanish (15)
Italian (10)
Japanese (7)
Swedish (7)
French (6)
Korean (6)
Dutch (6)
Polish (5)
Danish (4)
Chinese (3)
Czech (3)
Hebrew (2)
Slovenian (2)
Thai (2)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
Norwegian (1)
Russian (1)
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