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Dear Librarian,

Exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein came to a revolutionary idea: Mass and energy are not distinct, but are two forms of the same thing—related by the formula E = mc2. While most of us can recite this famous equation, what does it actually mean? On October 11, NOVA's "Einstein's Big Idea" illuminates this deceptively simple formula by unraveling the story of how it came to be.

Based on David Bodanis's bestselling book E = mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation, the program explores the lives of the men and women who helped develop the concepts behind each part of the equation: E for energy; m for mass; c for the speed of light; and 2 for "squared." The drama spans four centuries of passionate thinkers—including many women and other scientific "outsiders"—who worked relentlessly to find answers and gain acceptance for their ideas.

We invite you to join NOVA in celebrating the centennial of Einstein's miracle year in physics. We've developed this guide to help you create displays and programs to spark your visitors' curiosity and inspire deeper investigations using the resources of your library.

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Paula S. Apsell
NOVA Executive Producer

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to have assisted NOVA in developing this library guide for "Einstein's Big Idea." As community resources, libraries are in a unique position to help people explore Einstein's famous equation during its centennial celebration. Inside you'll find a range of ready-to-use display and programming resources for libraries large and small—all designed to simplify your efforts and make E = mc2 programming accessible and enjoyable.

Sincerely,

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Deb Robertson
Director, Public Programs Office
American Library Association
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