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Media Advisory 05-013

The World Year of Physics: 2005

New NSF Web site celebrates Einstein's 1905 achievements--and their results

World Year of Physics

NSF celebrates the World Year of Physics
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June 30, 2005

A century ago (on June 30, 1905), a 26-year-old patent clerk named Albert Einstein published a research paper about a principle he called relativity — and gave us a whole new way to think about light, matter, energy, space and time.  It was just one of four revolutionary research papers that Einstein published in 1905. Together, they laid the foundations for most of modern physics, in addition to microchips, lasers and other modern technologies.

To celebrate the centennial of relativity and to recognize the World Year of Physics, the National Science Foundation offers a new Special Report about Einstein's work. Some highlights:

  • Explanations of what Einstein actually did in the 1905 papers — and why;
  • Original animations to illustrate his insights into quantum theory, atomic physics, and relativity;
  • An essay on his later career, and his impact on science as a whole;
  • An interactive pictorial showing the many ways his work has affected modern technology.


Media Contacts
M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF, (703) 292-7752,

Related Websites
NSF's World Year of Physics site:
Main World Year of Physics 2005 site:
American Institute of Physics' Einstein site:
Time Magazine Person of the Century site:

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