Inside Einstein's Mind

Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality. Airing November 25, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired November 25, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

Revisit "Inside Einstein's Mind," fresh from the archives and just nominated for an Emmy Award.

On November 25th, 1915, Einstein published his greatest work: general relativity. The theory transformed our understanding of nature’s laws and the entire history of the cosmos, reaching back to the origin of time itself. Now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s achievement, NOVA tells the inside story of Einstein’s masterpiece. The story begins with the intuitive thought experiments that set Einstein off on his quest and traces the revolution in cosmology that is still playing out in today’s labs and observatories. Discover the simple but powerful ideas at the heart of relativity, illuminating the theory—and Einstein’s brilliance—as never before. From the first spark of an idea to the discovery of the expanding universe, the Big Bang, black holes, and dark energy, NOVA uncovers the inspired insights and brilliant breakthroughs of “the perfect theory.”

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
Jamie Lochhead
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
David Dugan
EDITED BY
Justin Badger
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Julian Schwanitz
NARRATOR
Jay O. Sanders
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Laura Voak
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Cristina Lombardo
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Karen Lee
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Len Schmitz
John Zecca
David Williams
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Allan Russell
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Max de Wardener
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Hello Charlie
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Philip Michael
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Paul Goodman
COLORIST
Danny Wood
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Bob Jackson
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EINSTEIN
Hamza Ripley
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A NOVA Production by Windfall Films Ltd. (part of the Argonon Group) for WGBH Boston produced in association with the BBC

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Original funding for this program was provided by Google, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The David H. Koch Fund for Science, Roger and Vicki Sant and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Participants

Sean Carroll
California Institute of Technology
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Institute for Advanced Study
Jim Gates
University of Maryland
Walter Isaacson
Biographer
Clifford Johnson
University of Southern California
David Kaiser
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eleanor Knox
King's College London
Janna Levin
Columbia University
John Norton
University of Pittsburgh
Saul Perlmutter
University of California, Berkeley
Simon Schaffer
University of Cambridge
David Scherer
Microsemi
Kip Thorne
California Institute of Technology

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