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Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time (2015)

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Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality.




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Credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Vincent Watts ...
Child Einstein
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robbert Dijkgraaf ...
Jim Gates ...
Walter Isaacson ...
Clifford V. Johnson ...
Himself (as Clifford Johnson)
David Kaiser ...
Eleanor Knox ...
Janna Levin ...
John Norton ...
Saul Perlmutter ...
Simon Schaffer ...


On November 15th, 1915, Einstein published his greatest work: general relativity. The theory transformed our understanding of nature's laws and the entire history of the cosmos, reaching back to the origin of time itself. Now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's achievement, NOVA tells the inside story of Einstein's masterpiece. The story begins with the intuitive thought experiments that set Einstein off on his quest and traces the revolution in cosmology that is still playing out in today's labs and observatories. Discover the simple but powerful ideas at the heart of relativity, illuminating the theory-and Einstein's brilliance-as never before. From the first spark of an idea to the discovery of the expanding universe, the Big Bang, black holes, and dark energy, NOVA uncovers the inspired insights and brilliant breakthroughs of "the perfect theory."

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On the 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Relativity.
10 March 2016 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I watched this, twice actually, on PBS's NOVA programming. I am a Scientist, educated in Maths and Physics, so I have always admired and had at least a general interest in Albert Einstein. However I wonder how interesting this program would be to a non-science person?

Well I found every minute of it thoroughly interesting and at times even entertaining. The film uses an actor, Hamza Ripley, as Albert Einstein in his 30s working on his theories. He doesn't have any lines but his looks and costuming remind us very much of Einstein at that age.

The script has modern day Physicists and Mathematicians explaining Einstein's process, especially his use of "thought experiments", to sort out ideas and to formulate his world-changing theories of the universe, many of which have since then been verified via scientific experimentation.

It is hard to overstate how important Einstein's theories are, and how great an achievement it was for one person working and thinking on his own to come up with what amounts an entirely new way of thinking about things. It makes me wonder, what would the world be like today had Einstein never come along?

And let us never forget Einstein's quote, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result."

Good program.

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