The World Year of Physics: 2005
New NSF Web site celebrates Einstein's 1905 achievements--and their results
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:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Useful NSF Web Sites: