Einstein and Shapley, historical image

Einstein and Shapley, historical image

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Caption: Swiss-German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955, left) with the US astronomer Harlow Shapley (1885-1972, right). Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the photoelectric effect. However, he is best known for his paper on the special theory of relativity, which resulted in the famous equation E=mc2. Shapley is notable for his groundbreaking 1918 work using Cepheid variables to estimate the size of the Milky Way Galaxy and the sun's position within it, as well as in 1953 proposing the 'Liquid Water Belt' theory, now known as the concept of a habitable zone.

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