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|Einstein The Real Story of the Man Behind the Theory|
Actor: Albert Einstein
Director: Ken Druckerman
This is the extraordinary story of Albert Einstein and his decades-long battle to prove his Theory of General Relativity amid the violence of war and his tumultuous personal life. — For centuries, Isaac Newton's Law of Grav... more »
Fascinating theories and personal details - clearly explaine
Roy Massie | Birmingham, AL United States | 02/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw part of this movie on History channel and now I own it. Before this movie, I had trouble seeing the forest for the trees when it comes to Einstein. But this movie explains the four most prominent theories (from his miracle year in 1905) using stunning graphics and explanations from contemporary physicists. This is my favorite part of the movie.
But, there is a broader story being told about how a great man can almost be overlooked by institutional thinking. And, how relatively mundane things like clouds and international disputes (okay wars) can threaten to extinguish some of the most important scientific advancements ever.
Einstein is not portrayed as a saint here either. His personal details both charming and somewhat crass are all woven into the story of how one of the greatest minds of history unlocked and proved some of the most perplexing problems to date.
I love it. If you care anything about Einstein, get it. It is not overly technical and it is fascinating on all dimensions.
magellan | Santa Clara, CA | 04/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very fine documentary on the events leading up to and surrounding the ultimate confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity. Besides the scientific information, you learn a lot about Einstein's personal and professional life, which was more eventful for a retiring academic than one would think, including something about his family life and his two wives. It took eight tense years for Einstein to finally get confirmation during a solar eclipse of his theory. Marginal photographic equipment, uncooperative weather, remote and hard to reach locations--even a world war--interfered with these eclipse expeditions, until one (William Wallace Campbell's, whose first expedition had failed) finally succeeded. The film includes interesting archival footage shot from a WWI biplane of the Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton, which for a time housed the largest reflector in the world (100 inches), before the 200-inch Palomar telescope exceeded it, and the second largest refracting telescope (36 inches), which was interesting to see also. As a young amateur astronomer 30 years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend an open house there once and got to look through the Hooker 36-inch refractor. With commentary by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, Einstein expert and historian of science Diana L. Kormos-Buchwald, and other experts to flesh out the story, it's an excellent account of this important event in science."