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E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea 

E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Gregory Fox-Murphy ...
Chater (as Alex MacQueen)
Humphry Davy (as Sam West)
Robert Styles ...
Brendan Fleming ...
Michael Sarne ...
Philip Herbert ...
Di Trevis ...
Stephen Noonan ...
James Tovell ...


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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11 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Einstein rocks!
28 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Not being a physicist or mathematician, E = mc2 goes right over my head as I'm sure it does any lay person...but this 2 hour special pulled all together in a way that even *I* could comprehend. It was a series of dramatizations - some having to do with the precursors to that formula

  • which made it easy for me to follow, very entertaining and in the

usual Nova way highly educational. Great work...Bravo!!! And because IMDb makes you write 10 lines of text when six will do, I am filling out the rest of this piece with fluff to get by the sensors. So tolerate this nonsense so that I can get my basic point across - that this special is well worth your time.

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