The year 2005 was designated the World Year of Physics to celebrate Albert Einstein’s extraordinary work of a century ago. In 1905, Einstein’s “year of miracles,” he published groundbreaking papers that provided evidence for the existence of atoms, showed that light is both a wave and a particle, and, in his revolutionary special theory of relativity, created the idea of space-time.
As the World Year of Physics draws to a close, the Exploratorium, along with
science laboratories and museums around the world, will participate in a
twelve-hour Webcast to explore current physics research and Einstein’s influence
on work going on today.
In the Exploratorium’s segment, staff physicist Paul Doherty will provide
demonstrations that illustrate some of Einstein’s 1905 theories and discoveries.
Guest physicists Caolionn O'Connell from the California Institute of Technology
in Pasadena, CA, and Stephon Alexander from the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center (SLAC) in Palo Alto, CA, will discuss Einstein's theories and the future of physics.
Other Webcast locations include CERN, the world’s largest particle physics
laboratory (Geneva); the Science Museum of London; Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory (Chicago); Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (Palo Alto); European
Physical Society; European Network of Science Centers and Museums; Bloomfield
Science Museum (Jerusalem); Techniquest (Cardiff, Wales); and the Tokyo Science