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NOVA; Elegant Universe, The: Einstein’s Dream


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Elegant Universe, The: Einstein’s Dream
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Einstein's Dream -- The first hour introduces string theory and shows how modern physics - composed of two theories that are ferociously incompatible - reached an impasse: one theory, known as general relativity, is successful in describing big things like stars and galaxies; another, called quantum mechanics, is equally successful in describing small things like atoms and subatomic particles. Albert Einstein, the inventor of general relativity, dreamed of finding a single theory that would embrace all of nature's laws. But in his quest for the so-called unified theory, Einstein came up empty-handed, and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics has stymied all who've followed. That is, until the discovery of string theory.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Elegant Universe, The: Einstein’s Dream,” 10/01/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_73759FCD7867448BA21AED9A97AC1355.
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