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Einstein's Big Idea

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

The Legacy of E = mc2
Read an explanation of the equation and learn about some of the science and technology it has spawned. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Learn about the challenges of making a film about nuclear physics, abstract ideas, and some of the most creative individuals who have ever lived. (Grades 9-12)

The Equation Today
Read what three young physicists have to say about how a 100-year-old equation figures into their careers. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein The Nobody
Learn about who Einstein was before his miracle year. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Theory Behind the Equation
Explore the eureka moment when Einstein came up with special relativity, the theory that spawned E = mc2. (Grades 9-12)

Genius Among Geniuses
Find out how Einstein measures up to other scientific geniuses. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Relativity and the Cosmos
Examine what many consider Einstein's greatest achievement—general relativity. (Grades 9-12)

E= mc2 Explained
Hear how 10 top physicists describe the equation in a few minutes or less. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 9-12)

The Power of Tiny Things
Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the equivalence of matter and energy, including how much energy such objects as a paper clip, a penny, and a lump of coal roughly hold. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ancestors of E = mc2
Meet the visionary scientists whose experiments paved the way for Einstein. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein Quotes
Read seven thought-provoking statements from Einstein. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

The Light Stuff
See if you can identify what objects can slow down the speed of light. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Time Traveler
Explore time dilation in this interactive version of Einstein's "twin paradox." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein Time Line
Follow the arc of Einstein's life. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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