Relativity turns 100
Monday, January 24, 2005
Some of the more noteworthy events include:
Pirelli Relativity Challenge 2005—Explain relativity with a five minute multi-media presentation, win $30,000.
Although best known for the theory of special relativity, it was a series of papers published in 1905 (later known as the "Annus Mirabilis" papers–the miracle year) that formed a break from Newtonion or classical science and changed modern physics.
While the title isn't known on a world-wide basis, the final paper Einstein that year–Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy Content?–produced a famous mathmetical formula: E=mc², which describes the relationship between mass and energy.
- 1879—Born Ulm, Germany March 14
- 1902—Employed as clerk at Swiss Patent Office
- 1905—Published his "annus mirabilis" papers in Annalen der Physik
- 1921—Received Nobel Prize for his work on the photoelectric effect
- 1933—Left Germany a month before Hitler took power.
- 1955—Died Princeton, New Jersey April 18
- 1999—Named Person of 20th Century by Time Magazine.
- Einstein on Wikipedia
- Theory of Relativity on Wikipedia
- Christine Harjes. "Remembering Einstein's Legacy" — , January 17, 2005
- World Year of Physics 2005 Web Site
- Pirelli Award
- Dennis Overbye. "Pumping Physics with its most famous face" — , January 21, 2005