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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 »


Gary Johnstone


David Bodanis (book), Gary Johnstone




Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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) See more »

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A nice presentation on Einstein's life and legacy.
8 June 2006 | by dy158See all my reviews

It's interesting this was being named as 'Einstein's Big Theory' here in my country back then when I watched it. It's been some time this was shown here but then I remembered very well as I watched this documentary here that Shirley Henderson was part of this too given I first know her through the second and fourth Harry Potter movies (I know, LOL!). So it was easy to find out the show's actual title here because I recognized her at once on the documentary.

But enough of all those things. For as long as I remember, Albert Eistein was this slow-learner as a child but then went on to achieve later in life of what is probably one of the world's most famous equation in the history of science.

So imagine it was a real eye-opener to me as to how he really got his equation as I watched the show. It was pretty amazing that learning from what others did, he improved on it and it eventually led to the equation all of us knew since. As my knowledge on physics is very basic, it can be a little hard just to read the dry texts on my past Physics textbook. But when this was aired some time back here, it was something I so want to watch. Though I never study in my Physics syllabus about the famous equation, I had learnt and heard about its legacy to the world nowadays through my father who is more aware of it. It was mentioned on the show too.

Other than how Eistein got the equation, it even touched about his private life as well. Another aspect where it opened my eyes as well.

My final say? It's just basically what I had given the title to this review.

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