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Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony

Synopsis
To mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s special theory of relativity and his discovery that E=MC squared, this film mixes drama and documentary to tell the story of how Einstein spent the last years of his life trying to produce a theory that would disprove the implications of much of his earlier work. It was a struggle that lasted right up until the day he died. At the heart of this film is the conflict between Einstein the rational, objective scientist and Einstein the dreamer, the man who believed that he would one day find a way to read the mind of God. The drama features performances, from David Graham, as Einstein and Annette Badland as his nurse who is with him in the last days of his life. The documentary tells the story of Einstein’s great discoveries and how they came to haunt him in his later years.
Series
Horizon, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2005
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 20/1/2005
Subjects
Physics; Science
Keywords
Einstein, Albert; history of science; philosophy of science; relativity theory; dramatised documentary films

Credits

Cast
Annette Badland 
David Graham 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes
Year
2007

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£195.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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