Jefferson Lab News -Dept. of Energy co-sponsors Oct. 11th NOVA program: Einstein's Big Idea

Dept. of Energy co-sponsors Oct. 11th NOVA program: Einstein's Big Idea

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, PBS stations nationwide will air a new NOVA program, "Einstein's Big Idea." The two-hour show is based on David Bodanis' book, E=mc2, and is a biography of the famous equation. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is co-sponsoring "Einstein's Big Idea" — and its associated materials for middle schools, high schools and libraries nationwide — as part of the celebration of the World Year of Physics. Check your local TV programming schedule for PBS stations and airing time.

Visit the Office of Science web page at and click on "Einstein's Big Idea" for more information.

NOVA has launched a web site about the program, and the Office of Science has a prominent link to it on its home page, and links for the "Einstein's Big Idea" Library Guide and Teacher's Guide.

In 1905, Einstein wrote five papers that changed the way we look at physics. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "miraculous year," and the international physics community is celebrating this anniversary with events, programs and activities that celebrate Einstein, his ideas and his influence on life in the 21st century. This year — 2005 — marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's remarkable E=mc2 paper.

The program was featured at the TV critics press show in Los Angeles in June.

Jefferson Lab, or the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, in Newport News, Va., is a basic physics research facility funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s (Jefferson Lab’s) basic mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental structure of nuclear matter; to partner in industry to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach. Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jeffeson Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, is a Department of Energy Office of Science research facility managed by the Southeastern Universities Research Association.