Thursday, January 29, 2009

A. Einstein: Image and Impact

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Collection: A. Einstein: Image and Impact

The collection of A. Einstein is hosted by American Institute of Physics and Center for History of Physics. Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, expressed by the equation E = mc2. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect." Einstein published over 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works. In 1999 Time magazine named him the "Person of the Century". In wider culture the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius.

The home page for this collection is very simple and clear. It includes eight parts, such as “Formative Years”, “The Great Works-1905”, “World Fame”, “Public Concerns”, “Quantum and Cosmos”, “Nuclear Age”, “Science and Philosophy” and “The World As I See It”. It is very easy to navigate each of parts. For example, in the section of “Formative Years”, the collection introduces Einstein's parents, education background and his early life.

The main goal of building the website is to introduce Einstein's image and impact. Therefore, the collection provides a lot of pictures of Einstein. At the same time, it emphasizes Einstein's impact and contributions to physics and the whole world through exhibiting “World Fame”, “Public Concerns”, “Quantum and Cosmos”, “Nuclear Age”. In addition, the website also provides external Links. It is very useful to meet audiences’ needs if they want to know more about Einstein.

The website was built in Nov. 1996, and revised in November 2004. It looks like it wasn’t updated for a long time. However, the website offers audiences opportunity to sign up to find out when they put more exhibits online. Moreover, it also provided PDF file of entire contents, brief version of this exhibit and Spanish version.

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