[NOVA Teachers] October 11, 2005

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Born March 14th, 1879 at 11:30 AM in Ulm, Germany
Died: 18 April 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Just How Smart Was He?

Hello Educators,

Next week NOVA explores the stories behind E = mc2 and relates how
Albert Einstein came to his startling conclusion that matter and
energy are two forms of the same thing. Tune into PBS for the
two-hour special, "Einstein's Big Idea," to learn about the
scientists who helped discover the concepts behind each part of the
equation, how Einstein came to his astonishing conclusion about the
equivalence and energy and matter, and how the equation was first
experimentally confirmed. (Subjects covered: physics, energy,
properties of matter)

We have developed a teacher's guide to help you and your students
learn more about the stories and science behind this renowned
equation. Find the guide at


Do your students ever wonder what a career in physics would be like?
Next week, they can find out. Physicists from universities and
laboratories from around the world will be on hand to answer
questions on such topics as what physicists work on, what it's like
to be a physicist, and how to become one. Quantum Diaries, a Web
site that follows physicists from around the world as they
experience the World Year of Physics 2005, will post answers to
selected questions in career week blogs. Students can send questions
in at


In the coming weeks:

Oct. 18 -- NOVA scienceNOW

Oct. 25 -- Ancient Creatures of the Deep (R)

Nov. 1  -- Volcano Under the City

For an extended list of upcoming programs, including a downloadable
PDF of the fall season, visit


Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site
E-mail: NOVA_Teachers@xxxxxxxx

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NOVA Presents "Einstein's Big Idea"
Broadcast: October 11, 2005
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
These programs have one-year off-air taping rights.)

     The Legacy of E = mc2
     Read an explanation of the equation and learn about some of the
     science and technology it has spawned. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     The Producer's Story
     Learn about the challenges of making a film about nuclear
     physics, abstract ideas, and some of the most creative
     individuals who have ever lived. (Grades 9-12)

     The Equation Today
     Read what three young physicists have to say about how a
     100-year-old equation figures into their careers.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Einstein The Nobody
     Learn about who Einstein was before his miracle year.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     The Theory Behind the Equation
     Explore the eureka moment when Einstein came up with special
     relativity, the theory that spawned E = mc2. (Grades 9-12)

     Genius Among Geniuses
     Find out how Einstein measures up to other scientific geniuses.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Relativity and the Cosmos
     Examine what many consider Einstein's greatest achievement --
     general relativity. (Grades 9-12)

     E= mc2 Explained
     Hear how 10 top physicists describe the equation in a few
     minutes or less. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 9-12)

     The Power of Tiny Things
     Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the equivalence of
     matter and energy, including how much energy such objects as a
     paper clip, a penny, and a lump of coal roughly hold. (Flash
     plug-in required; printable version available.)
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Ancestors of E = mc2
     Meet the visionary scientists whose experiments paved the way
     for Einstein. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Einstein Quotes
     Read seven thought-provoking statements from Einstein. (Flash
     plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

     The Light Stuff
     See if you can identify what objects can slow down the speed of
     light. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Time Traveler
     Explore time dilation in this interactive version of Einstein's
     "twin paradox." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Einstein Time Line
     Follow the arc of Einstein's life. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Watch a Preview
     (Running time: 4 minutes 38 seconds)
     View a preview of this week's program. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or
     Windows Media plug-in required.)

     Teacher's Guide
     In five classroom activities, students learn more about the
     lives of the innovative thinkers who contributed to the
     equation, investigate the science behind each part of the
     equation, and explore what the equation really means.
     Grades 6-8, 9-12.

     Library Resource Kit
     Find a range of ready-to-use resources for libraries large and
     small. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

     Program Transcript
     The site includes a complete narration for this program.

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