NOVA: Einstein's Big Idea (2005)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Inventions & Innovations, Physical Sciences  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - France, Germany, UK, USA  |  
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With dramatic historical reenactments featuring Aidan McArdle (Footprints in the Snow) in the central role as Albert Einstein and Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as his wife, Mileva Maric, NOVA: Einstein's Big Idea climbs inside the most earth-shattering discovery of the 20th Century's most brilliant scientific innovator: that of the connection between matter and energy, encapsulated in his 1905 E=mc2 formula, an equation that ultimately yielded the atom bomb. The program also explores how Einstein's professional discovery rested on the foundational research of three of his contemporaries, all tragic figures - Lise Meitner, Antoine Lavoisier, and Michael Faraday - and how each individual's work, in turn, embodied one further step toward nuclear power.

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bomb, discovery, energy, ethics, formula, nuclear, physics, research