As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked only for his glasses, his writing implements, and his latest equations. He knew he was dying, yet he continued his work. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all. It was a project of monumental complexity. It was a project that he hoped would unlock the mind of God.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
In the summer of 1939, Albert Einstein was on holiday in a small resort town on the tip of Long Island. His peaceful summer, however, was about to be shattered by a visit from an old friend and colleague from his years in Berlin. The visitor was the physicist Leo Szilard. He had come to tell Einstein that he feared the Nazis could soon be in possession of a terrible new weapon and that something had to be done.
In the series Lost Worlds- Vanished Lives, noted writer Sir David Attenborough uses paleontological evidence to reconstruct the daily lives of dinosaurs and give viewers a sense of what life was like on Earth some millions of years ago. In this particular episode, RT 39:32, viewers see the excavation of one of the largest dinosaur skeletons ever unearthed and examine the techniques used to preserve these valuable specimens. Also, Attenborough offers viewers an up-close look at the frontiers of this science, showing how scientists use the evidence they have to reconstruct a model of this lost world.