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Albert Einstein Documentaries

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

BBC Science and Nature

As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked only for his glasses, his writing implements and his latest equations. He knew he was dying, yet he continued his work. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all. It was a project of monumental complexity. It was a project that he hoped would unlock the mind of God.
I am not interested in this phenomenon or that phenomenon, Einstein had said earlier in his life. I want to know Gods thoughts the rest are mere details. But as he lay there dying in Princeton Hospital he must have understood that these were secrets that God was clearly keen to hang on to. The greatest scientist of his age died knowing that he had become isolated from the scientific community; revered on the one hand, ridiculed for this quest on the other.

Watch part 1 Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
Watch part 2 Einstein's Equation of Life and Death

Einsteins Biggest Blunder

When Albert Einstein formulated General Relativity in 1915, he was not aware the Universe was expanding. Large scale structure in the formof galaxies was not known and all fuzzy luminous nebulae were considered basically similar and within stellar distance scales. Only with Hubble work in 1930 came the realization some of those nebulae were in fact island universes, and that they were not only very far, but also receding from us at enormous speeds. This was not known for Einstein, and since gravitation exerts its influence up to infinity, it was natural for him to postulate some force working in the preservation of an apparent equilibrium among matter, preventing universal collapse.


Einsteins Wife

Einsteins Wife explores previously hidden scientific collaboration between Einstein and the first female theoretical physicist to enter a European university, his wife Mileva Maric.
E = mc2. The most powerful and eloquent equation in the world of physics. And possibly the number one reason we still revere Albert Einstein today. But was it all his own work? Einsteins Wife is the story of a pioneering female mathematician whose footnote in science history is not so much forgotten, as it is buried. Her fatal flaw, to become the lover and then the wife of the soon to be worlds favourite genius.

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