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Happy 100th Birthday E=mc²

Einstein's E=mc² inspires ballet

Rampart Dance Company: Constant Speed

American Museum of Natural History: Einstein

Albert Einstein Biography

Einstein’s Big Idea

The Center for the History of Physics: Albert Einstein Image and Impact

E=mc² is perhaps the most well known equation in the world. In 1905, German-born physicist Albert Einstein, yet to land a teaching post, published this equation in a series of papers. Scientists are now celebrating 100 years of this equation and Einstein’s genius. The seemingly simple equation that brings together energy, mass, and the speed of light in an equation even the lay person can remember, furthered Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and eventually led to the technology behind the atom bomb. Images of Einstein are still instantly recognized, the bumbling professor with a thick accent and a kindly face. Yet despite looking accessible and providing a seemingly simple equation, he was undeniably profound. A genius above geniuses who discovered just by thinking about it, that the universe was not as we believed. Einstein was the pre-eminent scientist in a century dominated by science. The hallmarks of his era, the Atom bomb, the Big Bang theory, and quantum physics all carry his imprint. Today, he still remains one of the most recognized scientists despite and because of the sheer complexity and genius of his ideas.

The first link is to a short BBC article giving a brief history of E=mc². The second will take you to another BBC article describing a ballet, Constant Speed, inspired by Einstein’s equation. The third will take you to the website of the Rampart Dance Company performing the ballet, with details on the performance and its inspiration. The fourth link will take you to an interactive website developed by the American Museum of Natural History dedicated to Einstein. The fifth link will take you to the Nobel Prize Organization’s website with an interesting biography of Einstein. The sixth will bring you to a site from PBS’ Nova program, with interesting links including how scientists today are using the equation, an interactive version of Einstein’s time paradox, as well as the legacy of E=mc2. Lastly, you will find a link to the Center for the History of Physics’ Albert Einstein site, which includes essays about Einstein along with a pictorial biography.
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Alternate Title Einstein equation marks 100 years
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Date Issued 2005
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Date of Scout Publication 2005-11-25
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