Sunday, August 30, 2015

Deriving Einstein’s Famous Equation: E=mc²




In this NOVA documentary on PBS-TV, originally broadcast on October 11, 2005, the history of Albert Einstein’s most-famous equation, E=mc², is recounted and explained; it shows and perhaps proves that science builds on previous work and knowledge, the scientific pioneers, as it were, “standing on the shoulders of giants.” When a breakthrough does eventually happen, it often seems as if  “Nature” deigns to give up some of its secrets, and reluctantly reveals itself to humanity.

This TV documentary, narrateed by John Lithgow, is based on the book, E=mc² : A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation, by David Bodanis.