Season 33, Episode 3 Einstein's Big Idea

First Aired: October 11, 2005

“Einstein's Big Idea” weaves docudrama vignettes and expert commentary to chronicle advances in scientific knowledge that led to his relativity theory---“the fantastic connection between energy, matter and light,” says narrator John Lithgow. The dramatizations hopscotch from 18th-century France and 19th-century Britain to the splitting of the atom before WWII. But the main focus is on Einstein (played by Aidan McArdle). “With light,” says Lithgow, “he would reinvent the universe.”

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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