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Einstein's physics. Artwork of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-Swiss-US physicist, surrounded by astronomical objects and the mass-energy equation that resulted from his 1905 paper on Special Relativity. It states that mass (m) and energy (E) are related by the square of the speed of light in a vacuum (c). This means that a lot of energy can be released from a small mass, which is the basis of nuclear fusion (as in the Sun, centre right) and atomic bombs. Einstein rewrote the concepts of space, time and gravity (as in black holes, bottom left). He encouraged the atomic bomb project and campaigned for world peace.
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