Einstein and Eddington

Synopsis: Sir Arthur Eddington is a renowned physicist at Cambridge University and an expert in the measurement of the physical world. He along with all of his colleagues are also avowed Newtonians. Sir Oliver Lodge suggests that he read a new thesis put forward by a German-Swiss scientist named Albert Einstein who is suggesting that Sir Isaac Newton may have got it wrong. The expectation is that Einstein's theories will be disproven but Eddington admits that his General Theory of Relativity has merit. These are turbulent times as England and Germany are at war and Eddington's own loyalty is called into question when, as a Quaker, he refuses to fight. In the end, Eddington develops a series of tests to either prove or disprove Einstein's theories. For his part, Einstein has his own struggles during this period: the breakdown of his marriage, his integration into the university in Berlin and his own strident pacifism that led him to oppose German militarism and the First World War. In the end, Ed
Director(s): Philip Martin
Production: HBO Films
  5 nominations.
94 min

Without looking?

The wind direction, the tiller.

- Yes.

- Close your eyes.

Hans, Eduard, all of you,

listen to me! What do you see?

A man on a boat on a lake

with his sons.

The man is taking off his socks.

He rolls them into a ball.

Ready, Hans?

And he hurls the socks

at the people on the bank.

What is the speed of the socks?

The speed of the boat

added to the speed of the socks.

But what about light?

What about light?

What if I shine a beam of light at you

on the bank from my boat?

What is the speed of the light?

The speed of the boat

added to the speed of the light?



Why not?

Why not?

Come on, boys,

we'd better get home.

Hey, wait for me!


He was in the lake!

All aboard!

Why were you in the lake?

In the interests of science.

Were there any women impressed by

your performance? There usually are.

I was talking to the children.

You talk to the boys about

your work, but not to me?

Any pudding?

- Where are you going?

- I'm leaving.

You can't leave, I'm working.


Mileva, please!



When we were students, you said

to me we would share our work,

we are physicists together.

You lied!

What I'm doing now,

I can't talk about it.

I don't have the energy

or the time to share it with anyone.

What is it? What is your work?!


Max! Max Planck!

Hello, Albert.

You don't remember me, do you?

You don't even remember my name!


It's fine. She's always leaving.

So, nine years' work on gravity

and all you have are questions.

Beautiful questions, of course,

but no answers.

Perhaps conditions are

not right here in Zurich.

I think you need some help.

I don't need anything.


If you are content

to remain an obscurity

at a second-rate university...

Why are you here, Max?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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