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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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Gary Johnstone

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David Bodanis (book), Gary Johnstone
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Andrew Callaway Andrew Callaway ... Maupertuis
Andy Crabbe Andy Crabbe ... Habicht
Daniel D'Alessandro Daniel D'Alessandro ... Algarotti
Brendan Fleming Brendan Fleming ... Hermann Einstein
Gregory Fox-Murphy Gregory Fox-Murphy ... Brande
Ty Glaser ... Marie Anne Lavoisier
Philip Herbert Philip Herbert ... Count de Amerval
Chris Jenkinson Chris Jenkinson ... Dr. Haller
Wolf Kahler ... Horlein
George Layton George Layton ... Emilie's Father
Anton Lesser ... Voltaire
Alex Macqueen ... Chater (as Alex MacQueen)
Aidan McArdle ... Einstein
Richard Mulholland Richard Mulholland ... Emilie's Tutor
Stephen Noonan 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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English

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11 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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England, UK See more »

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A very good primer into the early history of physics
15 August 2006 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

As a science show, this was less populist than expected. It has stuck to facts and it has put them in perspective, a thing that is left mostly to the viewer in most other similar shows. Of course, actors and dramatization, complete with violin music and all that; it was unavoidable. There are people paying for this, so it must appeal to as many people as possible, no matter the methods.

What is it about? Well, it is not a biography of Einstein, as the title might make you think. It is a history of the idea of E=mc2 and where is came from. Einstein is just a cog in an angrenage of people that made it possible.

What is even better is that the science is made accessible and not just story told. It was a small revelation, but a revelation nonetheless, when the narrator asked "if you put pore energy into the movement of an object it moves faster, but it cannot move faster than the speed of light, no matter how much energy you put in. WHERE does the energy go?" and I finally understood why things have to get heavier as they reach the speed of light.

As for the role of women as brainy visionaries, why not? As long as the story is accurate, the empowerment of women as a byproduct is irrelevant.


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