Nova: Physics - the Elegant Universe & beyond

Nova: Physics - the Elegant Universe & beyond

Director: Gary Johnstone, Julia Cort, Peter Jones Cast: Andrew Sachs


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Nova: Physics - the Elegant Universe & beyond

Narrated by F. Murray Abraham, Nova: Einstein Revealed is a 120-minute dramatized documentary on the life and career of physicist Albert Einstein. Actor Andrew Sachs portrays Einstein as a man of formidable genius, passionate emotions, and powerful obsessions. The dramatized interview is coupled with historical photography, computer animation, and comments from experts. Interviewees include Jurgen Renn, of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Robert Schulmann from the Einstein Papers Project at Boston University, Francoise Balibar of the Universite de Paris, independent researcher Julian Barbour, Abraham Pais from Rockefeller University, Martin Klein of Yale University, Michio Kaku from City College of New York, and family friends Gabrielle Oppenheim and Peter Plesch.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
UPC: 0783421407596
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Time: 6:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus video: How the animation was created for The Elegant Universe; The Making of The Elegant Universe activity; Excerpt from the best-selling book, The Elegant Universe; Printable materials for educators for all three films

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Elegant Universe, Pts. 1 & 2
1. A Theory of Everything [11:08]
2. Newton's Embarrassing Secret [6:04]
3. A New Picture of Gravity [7:10]
4. A Strange New World [4:31]
5. The Quantum Café [8:21]
6. Gravity - The Odd Man Out [4:24]
7. String Theory to the Rescue [7:58]
8. A Science or a Philosophy? [3:34]
9. Credits [2:51]
1. Two Conflicting Sets of Laws [13:11]
2. One Master Equation [4:40]
3. The Birth of String Theory [4:13]
4. The Standard Model [6:25]
5. Wrestling With String Theory [7:19]
6. The Theory of Everything [5:25]
7. Multiple Dimensions [7:00]
8. Five Flavors of String Theory [4:58]
9. Credits [2:51]
Disc #2 -- The Elegant Universe, Pt. 3
1. The Wild West of Physics [14:47]
2. The Potential of Strings [4:06]
3. Getting to One Theory [5:20]
4. Parallel Universes [5:03]
5. Escaping Gravity [5:57]
6. Riddle of the Big Bang [7:36]
7. Signs of Strings [6:27]
8. Too Elegant to Be Wrong? [3:53]
9. Credits [2:36]
Disc #3 -- Einstein's Big Idea
1. Introduction [3:32]
2. Bern, Switzerland 1905 [2:26]
3. E Is for Energy - Michael Faraday [17:24]
4. m Is for Mass - Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier [23:17]
5. c Is for Celeritas - James Clerk Maxwell [8:11]
6. ² Is for Squared - Emilie du Châtelet [12:49]
7. E=mc² - The Holy Grail of Physics [16:18]
8. Unlocking the Atom - Lise Meitner [20:51]
9. E=mc² - The Future [5:55]
Disc #4 -- Einstein Revealed
1. A Comfortable Childhood [8:58]
2. Early Explorations [11:05]
3. The Problem of Light [9:07]
4. A Time of Desperation [10:36]
5. The Problem of Motion [14:05]
1. Gambling on Gravity [8:50]
2. A Hint of Jealousy [9:51]
3. The World in Four Dimensions [13:52]
4. A Theory Too Beautiful to Be True [9:13]
5. Einstein and God [14:47]

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Nova: Physics - the Elegant Universe & beyond 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HS_Physics_Guy More than 1 year ago
These are the NOVA shows in their entirety. The DVD video quality is excellent and upscaling looks good too. String theory is difficult to understand at best and this NOVA episode does an admirable job at explaining the history, development, and the current state of string theory. The mathematical details are left out and only the basic ideas are presented. The multi-dimensional aspects of string theory are given as a matter of fact and the mathematical reasons for this requirement are not given. If someone wants a basic understanding of string theory, this NOVA episode does the job. The episodes on Einstein are quite informative and give a more complete picture on the life of this brilliant scientist.
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