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Season 1 Episode 9

Albert Einstein

Aired Unknown Nov 17, 2008 on The History Channel
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Albert Einstein
Although Einstein's greatest work was accomplished in 1905 when he thought up his theories of relativity and special relativity, it was 14 years before his "outside the box" principles were proven. Until then, he was ridiculed, challenged and had difficulty getting a prestigious job. Then, in 1911, Einstein figured out a way to test his theories. If he were correct, then a startling thing should happen during a solar eclipse -- the sun's rays should bend around the moon and the stars should appear to jump to a different location. Thus began a race to photograph a solar eclipse and verify the accuracy of his calculations. This didn't happen until two months after the second eclipse in 1919. The twists and turns of what happened in between these two eclipses is a great story that ends with Einstein becoming an "instant" celebrity -- at long last. We will also bring the history into "now" by talking to one or two scientists who are trying to "bend it like Einstein," people who are challenging his theories today.moreless

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