Einstein's Big Idea

2005 · 2 hr

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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.
Directed By
Gary Johnstone
Studio
ARTE, Tétra Média, Channel 4 Television, NDR

Cast of Einstein's Big Idea

AM
AL
Anton LesserVoltaire
AC
Andrew CallawayMaupertuis
JR
Julian Rhind-TuttAntoine Lavoisier
SH
Shirley HendersonMileva Maric
TG
Ty GlaserMarie Anne Lavoisier
AC
SW
Samuel WestHumphry Davy
BF
Brendan FlemingHermann Einstein
PH
Philip HerbertCount de Amerval
CJ
Chris JenkinsonDr. Haller
WK
GL
George LaytonEmilie’s Father
RM
Richard MulhollandEmilie’s Tutor
CE
Christopher EcclestonNarrator (voice)
JL
John LithgowNarrator (voice) U.S. edition
SR
Steven RobertsonMichael Faraday
CR
EW
Emily WoofLise Meitner
ID
Ian DuncanCharles de Breteuil

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