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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine dramatic depiction of the discoveries of Einstein and his precursors
This is a 112-minute NOVA production directed by Gary Johnstone based on the book E=MC2 by David Bodanis. John Lithgow narrates and Aiden McArdle stars as Albert Einstein. It's the kind of documentary that melds interviews with scientists and historians with reconstructions of historical events by actors. "Einstein's Big Idea" is a particularly good example of this...
Published on 8 May 2007 by Dennis Littrell

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1.0 out of 5 stars It would be an excellent documentary but for the music
It would be an excellent documentary but for the music.
This new trend of playing non-stop music in the "background" is utterly irritating.
In this DVD the music is just a tiny bit quieter then the talking, so you have to strain your ears to try to filter it out.
When I buy a documentary DVD, I am interested in the words and pictures, and not the...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine dramatic depiction of the discoveries of Einstein and his precursors, 8 May 2007
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Dennis Littrell (SoCal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nova: Einstein's Big Idea [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a 112-minute NOVA production directed by Gary Johnstone based on the book E=MC2 by David Bodanis. John Lithgow narrates and Aiden McArdle stars as Albert Einstein. It's the kind of documentary that melds interviews with scientists and historians with reconstructions of historical events by actors. "Einstein's Big Idea" is a particularly good example of this genre.

Bodanis realized when he conceived the book that it wasn't enough merely to write about Einstein. It was necessary to bring Einstein's precursors and their ideas and discoveries into the mix. This film does the same and does it well. Recalled is the story of Michael Faraday who discovered electromagnetic induction and that of Antoine Lavoisier who demonstrated the conservation of matter. Worth noting is the influence of women in these stories. Shirley Henderson plays Einstein's first wife and fellow physicist Mileva Maric while Ty Glaser portrays Lavoisier's wife, Marie Anne, who was a fine chemist in her own right. Included is the sad story of Lise Meitner, Austrian born Jewish physicist, who was betrayed by fellow physicist Otto Hahn in Nazi Germany in that he won a Nobel Prize in large part because of work she had done.

What impressed me about this production was the fine acting by especially Shirley Henderson who is an outstanding actress, and Aiden McArdle who looked the spitting image of a young Albert Einstein. Ty Glaser was also very good. Johnstone's direction was first rate. His ability to recreate various time periods in a realistic way should propel him toward a career adapting historical novels to the screen.

The film concentrates on the personalities of the scientists and their struggles and successes. The actual science is secondary. Consequently this is a good film for people, especially young people, interested in science but without yet a lot of scientific training.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It would be an excellent documentary but for the music, 12 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Nova: Einstein's Big Idea [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It would be an excellent documentary but for the music.
This new trend of playing non-stop music in the "background" is utterly irritating.
In this DVD the music is just a tiny bit quieter then the talking, so you have to strain your ears to try to filter it out.
When I buy a documentary DVD, I am interested in the words and pictures, and not the music.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The man behind the mind, 17 Jun. 2008
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Deborah Kelly (Co Galway, Ireland.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nova: Einstein's Big Idea [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
As a mature first year science student I really enjoyed this DVD. The actors portrayed Einsteins early years very well. As famous as he was and still is, and from humble enough beginings, it is great to see how this man moulded himself into what is arguably the greatest mind that ever lived.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Received in good time and as described, 30 Mar. 2014
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