[NOVA] "Einstein's Big Idea"

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To Begin: Find out All About Einstein

Next on NOVA: "Einstein's Big Idea"

Broadcast: October 11, 2005, 8-10 p.m. ET/PT
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

Exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein grappled with the implications
of his revolutionary special theory of relativity and came to a
startling conclusion: mass and energy are one, related by the
formula E = mc2. In "Einstein's Big Idea," NOVA dramatizes the
remarkable story behind this equation. Based on David Bodanis's
bestselling book E = mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous
Equation, the program explores the lives of the men and women who
helped develop the concepts behind each term in the equation: E for
energy; m for mass; c for the speed of light; and 2 for "squared,"
the multiplication of one number by itself. Like a multi-plot novel
building to a climactic scene, "Einstein's Big Idea" traces the
stories of a fascinating range of characters.

Here's what you'll find online:

Inquiry & Articles

     The Legacy of E = mc2
     Einstein's big idea has been enormously influential, in ways
     that reach far beyond the purely scientific.

     The Producer's Story
     Filmmaker Gary Johnstone describes how creativity fuels both art
     and science.

     The Equation Today
     Three young physicists contemplate how a 100-year-old equation
     figures into their careers.

     Einstein the Nobody
     The patent clerk's career prospects looked bleak just before his
     "miracle year" of 1905.

     Genius Among Geniuses
     To rank with Newton or Einstein, you have to reinvent the way we
     see the world.

     Relativity and the Cosmos
     Examine what many consider Einstein's greatest achievement --
     general relativity.

Interactives, Audio, & More

     E = mc2 Explained
     Hear how 10 top physicists describe the equation in a few
     minutes or less.

     The Power of Tiny Things
     How much energy does a paper clip pack? Test your intuition in
     this quiz.

     Ancestors of E = mc2
     Meet the visionary scientists whose experiments paved the way
     for Einstein.

     Einstein Quotes
     Seven thought-provoking statements from the world's most
     famous scientist

     The Light Stuff
     Find out why the speed of light isn't always 186,000 miles
     per second.

     Time Traveler
     Explore time dilation in this interactive version of
     Einstein's "twin paradox."

     Einstein Time Line
     Follow the arc of Einstein's life from his birth in 1879 till
     his death in 1955.

     Also, a video preview of the program, Links & Books, the
     Teacher's Guide, and more.

     Special request and prize offer: Tell us what you think about
     NOVA's "Einstein's Big Idea." Please share your thoughts about
     the program and the companion Web site by responding to an
     online survey. Your feedback will help ensure future projects
     like this one are interesting and useful to all viewers. You'll
     find the survey on our Einstein homepage. By completing the
     survey you will be entered into a raffle to win one of 30 free
     NOVA DVD prizes. Thank you!


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