Relay of Light From Highpoints Celebrates 100th Anniversary of E=MC2

CNN and other publications note that a relay of light that included fireworks on the world’s tallest building Taipei 101 and Taiwan’s highest point Yushan celebrated the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of relativity.

The worldwide campaign produced an intercontinental relay of light that circled the globe in one night and united countries under the banner of physics.

Max Lippitsch and Sonja Draxler, physicists at the University of Graz in Austria had pushed the plan.

Physicists and Albert Einstein buffs flipped light switches and dialed phones in the worldwide relay.

It got under way at 8:45pm on Monday with the illumination of the football stadium and two towers on the Princeton University campus in New Jersey. From there, about 140 groups illuminated everything from campus structures to private homes, one right after another, in a relay across the US.

Einstein, who lived and worked in Princeton from 1933 until his death on April 18, 1955, published three groundbreaking papers on physics in 1905. One of them laid out what is now known as the Theory of Relativity, which deals with the nature of light.

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