Friday, August 6, 2010

Science: Explaining Einstein

Friday's topic is science and explanations of science.

Albert Einstein is one of the most important figures in the history of the twentieth century. Time magazine chose him as the Person of the Century. The description of his scientific career keeps going and going. Yet can we explain what his most important theory is about? Can we grasp principles that have literally changed the world?

We can give it a try. Here's Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity (In Words of Four Letters or Less). Here's a few smart people explaining his most famous equation.

2 comments:

LynnM said...

Hey, if there's any chance you can see the BBC TV movie "Eddington and Einstein" with David Tennent, you should! Anyone with an interest in history of science would enjoy this excellent dramatization, even if it is more about the lesser known Arthur Eddington.

David Govoni said...

LynnM,

I'll have to see if the movie made it across the pond on DVD or the like. I've heard good things about it and I'll add it to my list. Eddington was one of the first to try and explain Einstein to others. All the others, including those in my post, are continuing his work.