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Einstein’s Big Idea

While we've all heard of E=mc^2, very few of us know what it means or how it was discovered. The story of E=mc^2 starts long before Einstein.

Einstein's Big Idea,” dramatizes the remarkable story behind this equation. E = mc^2 was just one of several extraordinary breakthroughs that Einstein made in 1905, including the completion of his special theory of relativity, his identification of proof that atoms exist, and his explanation of the nature of light, which would win him the Nobel Prize in Physics. Among Einstein's ideas, E = mc^2 is by far the most famous. Yet how many people know what it really means?

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