look + listen + learnfrom | Novapodcast | the 100th anniversary of E = mc²

August 1, 2022

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We hope you’ll enjoy this podcast made for the 100th anniversary of physicist Albert Einstein PhD’s legendary math equation: E = mc² — an iconic part of science history. Created by the Emmy award-winning, television science series Nova.

The podcast — titled E = mc² — interviews 10 of the world’s top physicists — discussing Einstein’s ideas. You can listen to the podcast below.

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the podcast

broadcast: PBS
television series: Nova
podcast title: E = mc²
deck: the 100th anniversary

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More than 100 years ago physicist Albert Einstein PhD grappled with his revolutionary physics idea called the ‘special theory of relativity.’ He had a startling insight — mass and energy relate to each other with the simple math formula E = mc². But that was just one of Einstein’s extraordinary breakthroughs — he also proved mathematically that atoms exist, and he described the physics of light.

Einstein lived from year 1879 to 1955. He was a legendary German theoretical physicist who wrote the theory of relativity: one of the 2 pillars of modern physics. The other pillar is the theory of quantum mechanics.

People especially know Einstein for his math equation: the mass–energy equivalence formula — called E = mc². He won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his theoretical physics, and for his discovery of the photo-electric effect — that was a pivotal step in the development of physics.

For the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s famous equation E = mc², the PBS television series Nova talked to 10 top physicists — including 2 Nobel Prize winners — to make this fascinating podcast.

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guide | parts 1 to 10

part 1. |

guest name: Brian Green PhD
bio: theoretical physicist

quote — It’s a subtle equation.

part 2. |

guest name: Janet Conrad PhD
bio: experimental physicist

quote — To me there’s a lot more to the equation.

part 3. |

guest name: Sheldon Glashow PhD
bio: theoretical physicist
bio: Nobel Prize laureate | visit

quote — When an object emits light — like a flashlight — it gets lighter.

part 4. |

guest name: Nima Arkani Hamed PhD
bio: theoretical physicist

quote — Things that seem incredibly different can be the same phenomena

part 5. |

guest name: Alan Guth PhD
bio: theoretical physicist

quote — It’s easiest to explain by how things looked from the point of view of Isaac Newton.

part 6. |

guest name: Tim Halpin Healy PhD
bio: theoretical physicist

quote — Moving clocks run slow, moving meter sticks are shortened — how does that happen.

part 7. |

guest name: Neil DeGrasse Tyson PhD
bio: astro-physicist

quote — It’s something that doesn’t happen in your kitchen or in everyday life.

part 8. |

guest name: Michio Kaku PhD
bio: theoretical physicist

quote — E = mc² is the secret of the stars.

part 9. |

guest name: Lene Hau PhD
bio: experimental physicist

quote — You can get access to parts of nature you’ve never been able to access before.

part 10. |

guest name: Frank Wilczek PhD
bio: theoretical physicist
bio: Nobel Prize laureate | visit

quote — 95 percent of the mass of matter as we know it comes from energy.

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math equation: E = mc²

E = energy
m = mass
c = the speed of light | approx. 186,000 miles per second
² = squared

PBS = the Public Broadcasting Service