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Einstein's Big Idea (2005)

E=mc² (original title)
This docudrama examines the history of scientific discovery that lead up to Albert Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 and its aftermath in the creation of nuclear energy. This includes ... See full summary »

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Andrew Callaway ...
Maupertuis
Andy Crabbe ...
Habicht
Daniel D'Alessandro ...
Algarotti
Brendan Fleming ...
Hermann Einstein
Gregory Fox-Murphy ...
Brande
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Marie Anne Lavoisier
Philip Herbert ...
Count de Amerval
Chris Jenkinson ...
Dr. Haller
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Horlein
George Layton ...
Emilie's Father
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Voltaire
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Chater (as Alex MacQueen)
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Einstein
Richard Mulholland ...
Emilie's Tutor
Stephen Noonan ...
Marat
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This docudrama examines the history of scientific discovery that lead up to Albert Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 and its aftermath in the creation of nuclear energy. This includes Faraday's discovery of electromagnetic fields; Antoine Lavoisier's discovery that mass is never lost; and Emilie du Chatelet's demonstration that Newton's calculation of the velocity of a falling object was incorrect. By 1905, the miracle year where the publication Einstein's four physics papers changed over 200 years of scientific fundamentals, all of this came together with his now famous equation. Afterwards, Lise Meisner's work on uranium let to her conclusion that splitting an atom would release large amounts of energy. Written by garykmcd

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A good mix of science and history
23 October 2005 | by (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a good mix of science documentary and historical content. The big-budget production quality with period correct scenes and costumes gives the viewer a feeling of being there. The film presents well many of the human aspects of scientific discovery. Since the show is not presented in chronological order the viewer may get a little confused. The film shows that even high ranking persons in academic circles have emotions and let their personality drive their behavior sometimes allowing their ego to do unkind actions. The science and math content may be a little too fundamental for the avid NOVA viewer, but it does cover the basics well. Interviews with contemporary researchers in the field provide more insight into the the events that lead up to Enistein's discovery. The film doesn't stop at E=mc2, but continues to show how it relates to future science and drives research today.


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