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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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excellent, informative movie!
14 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

i thought the movie was fascinating. the movie tells the story of famous scientist albert einstein and all of the other people that helped him achieve his famous equation E = mc^2 (all indirectly of course). i am a physics student right now and really learned a lot although i'm sure non-physics people will be interested just the same. although it does explain a lot of physics theory, it isn't so much information that it's boring or anything like that. the actors are great and so is the narration (john lithgow)... it also looks fantastic in hd! i highly recommend checking this movie out, it's playing now on pbs (under the title Nova) and i'm sure it will be replayed frequently.


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