Relatively Einstein

A century ago, Albert Einstein revolutionised scientific thinking with a string of papers published in 1905.

In this first programme of a new series, writers and artists discuss the challenges of using Einstein's ideas in their work.

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012005011820060411Dramatist Michael Frayn discusses Copenhagen, his acclaimed stage play about one of the greatest developments in modern physics - and the fraught relationship between two men living in Einstein's shadow.

This week, the playwright Michael Frayn talks about his 1998 play Copenhagen.

For more than a century, Einstein's work has dominated scientific thinking. But his work and legacy has also affected scores of artists and writers.

2/4. Dramatist Michael Frayn discusses Copenhagen, his acclaimed stage play about one of the greatest developments in modern physics - and the fraught relationship between two men living in Einstein's shadow.

022005012520060410This week artist Cornelia Parker talks about Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, her recreation and comment on the cosmological event that started everything - the Big Bang - which Einstein's theories predicted.

2/5. In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote a series of landmark papers which revolutionised modern science. In this series, writers and artists discuss the challenges of using Einstein's ideas in their work.

For more than a century, Einstein's work has dominated scientific thinking. But his work and legacy has also affected scores of artists and writers.

1/4. Artist Cornelia Parker talks about Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View - her re-creation of and comment on the cosmological event that started everything - the Big Bang. How does her piece relate to Einstein's work?

032005020120060412Prolific science fiction and fantasy writerTerry Pratchett talks about his fascination with some of Einstein's ideas - which litter his Discworld novels.

3/5. Writers and artists discuss the challenges of using Einstein's ideas in their work. This edition features best-selling author Terry Pratchett.

For more than a century, Einstein's work has dominated scientific thinking. But his work and legacy has also affected scores of artists and writers.

3/4. Prolific science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett talks about his fascination with some of Einstein's ideas - which litter his Discworld novels.

042005020820060413Cartoonist Sid Harris and comedian Mark Steel explain why science and Einstein are funny.

For more than a century, Einstein's work has dominated scientific thinking. But his work and legacy have also affected scores of artists and writers.

4/4. Cartoonist Sid Harris and comedian Mark Steel explain why science and Einstein are funny.

05 LAST20050215Science fiction writers Gregory Benford and Andrew Crumey discuss Einstein's legacy through their stories about time travel.

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In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote a series of landmark papers which revolutionised modern science. In this last programme of the series, the science fiction writers Gregory Benford and Andrew Crumey discuss Einstein's legacy through their stories about time travel.