EXHIBITS: A Century of Relativity

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Science  14 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5707, pp. 187
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5707.187a

In 1905, 26-year-old patent clerk Albert Einstein showed that light consisted of particles, launched his theory of special relativity, and crushed the remaining doubts about the existence of atoms. Not too shabby for a part-time physicist whose parents had once fretted that he was dumb. Kick off the 100th anniversary of Einstein's “miraculous year” by visiting a newly revised exhibit on him from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Along with a 100-page tour of his life and work, the site now holds essays by leading Einstein scholars, who explore topics such as the genesis of special relativity. Other new features include a revamped bibliography and a chronology of Einstein's achievements in 1905.

The Einstein exhibit is one of 10 online displays from AIP's Center for History of Physics, covering subjects from nuclear researcher Werner Heisenberg to the history of the transistor. You can also browse more than 25,000 portraits, snapshots, and other images of physicists from the center's visual archive.


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