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Einstein and Eddington (2008)

Drama about the development of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to experimentally prove his ideas.

Director:

Philip Martin

Writer:

Peter Moffat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... Arthur Eddington
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Frank Dyson
Patrick Kennedy ... William Marston
Ben Uttley ... Tennis Player 1
Gyuri Sarossy Gyuri Sarossy ... Tennis Player 2
Rebecca Hall ... Winnie Eddington
Jim Broadbent ... Sir Oliver Lodge
Andy Serkis ... Albert Einstein
Jacob Theato Jacob Theato ... Eduard Einstein
Callum Williams Callum Williams ... Hans Einstein
Lucy Cohu ... Mileva Einstein
Donald Sumpter ... Max Planck
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ... Librarian
Anton Lesser ... Fritz Haber
John Bowe ... Leopold Koppel
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Sir Arthur Eddington is a renowned physicist at Cambridge University and an expert in the measurement of the physical world. He along with all of his colleagues are also avowed Newtonians. Sir Oliver Lodge suggests that he read a new thesis put forward by a German-Swiss scientist named Albert Einstein who is suggesting that Sir Isaac Newton may have got it wrong. The expectation is that Einstein's theories will be disproven but Eddington admits that his General Theory of Relativity has merit. These are turbulent times as England and Germany are at war and Eddington's own loyalty is called into question when, as a Quaker, he refuses to fight. In the end, Eddington develops a series of tests to either prove or disprove Einstein's theories. For his part, Einstein has his own struggles during this period: the breakdown of his marriage, his integration into the university in Berlin and his own strident pacifism that led him to oppose German militarism and the First World War. In the end, ... Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

Eddington chases a train on his bicycle when his friend is going off to war. The train leaves Cambridge is in the East of England, yet the engine pulling the train is painted in the colours of GWR as were the fixtures and fittings on the platform. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Eddington: Pick up the tablecloth.
[Winnie and Frank hold up the tablecloth]
Arthur Eddington: Space. The tablecloth is space...
[Holds up a round loaf of bread]
Arthur Eddington: The sun.
[Drops it in the middle of the stretched tablecloth]
Arthur Eddington: What's happening?
Winnie Eddington: What?
Arthur Eddington: What's happening with the sun in space?
Winnie Eddington: Well, the bread is sinking into the tablecloth.
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Referenced in Parkinson: Episode dated 5 May 2007 (2007) See more »

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A movie of contrasts.
30 March 2010 | by tim flotoSee all my reviews

As the title suggests, this movie is about two men. Albert Einstein and Arthur Stanley Eddington. Einstein is light of heart, humorous, and a bit flippant. Eddington is a serious and religious man, a quaker. Einstein has no idea, nor cares how to prove or demonstrate his theory of gravity. Eddington works out an experiment using a telescope to observe if starlight bends coming near a massive object, so he takes his telescope to Africa to photograph a total solar eclipse. The story also highlights old guard science vs. a creativity. Neither English nor German scientists are comfortable with Einstein's Relativity. In the end, both Eddington and Einstein are scientists and intellectually honest. This the story of two very different men, trying to understand the universe in their own ways. The science is only a prop for the story.


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