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IN EINSTEIN'S SHADOW
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100 years on, Dr Brian Cox explores the consequencies of physics' annus mirabilis.
Thursdays 13, 20 and 27 January 2005 9.00-9.30pm 

1905 is the year that shook the world of science, and sent Newton, unchallenged for well over 200 years, tumbling from his throne. This is the year that a lowly patent clerk, working in Switzerland, published 3 of the most important papers in physics, and turned our view of the world in which we live on its head.

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Special Relativity and how it all began

Einstein's "miraculous year" proved once and for all the existence of atoms, formed the basis of quantum theory and, with special relativity, completely transformed our perception of space and time, leading to probably the most famous equation of all time: E=mc².

In Einstein's Shadow takes a look at the huge impact of Einstein's theories and talks to the scientists, who one hundred years later are still heavily influenced by his work.

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General Relativity and Einstein's "biggest blunder"

All cosmology today is essentially based on Einstein's theory of general relativity and so far, every prediction he made about the universe has turned out to be true.

Even his so called "biggest blunder" may well solve the greatest riddle in cosmology today, the nature of dark energy - the mysterious force that makes up nearly 80% of the universe.

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Quantum Theory and why God does play dice

It's not just cosmologists who claim to be working in his shadow.

Particle Physicists trying to discover how the very first atoms formed at the beginning of the universe, through to quantum theorists and those working on a unified theory of everything all site Einstein as a major influence. And his theories remain unchallenged to this day.

Brian also visits the University of Vienna where scientists are "teleporting" bits of information, following thought experiments first proposed by Einstein in the 1930s.


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