Historians refer to the year of 1905 as Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis –
“the miracle year”- when he finished and published his major works on
the special theory of relativity, the quantum theory, and the theory of
Due to the upcoming centenary of the Annus Mirabilis in 2005, UNESCO has declared 2005 the “World Year of Physics”. Consequently, numerous activities, exhibitions, and conferences are presently being prepared worldwide. A schedule of upcoming events taking place in 2005 will be made available on this site. Please inform the webmaster of this site about links, which could be added.
As part of the World Year of Physics the Science Festival and an Einstein Exhibition in Berlin will be organized by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, together with the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Einstein Forum, and the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preussischen Geschichte.
In 2001 a group of Bernese scientists and scholars launched the
preparation for the Einstein Festival 2005 in Bern (www.einstein2005.ch). The group
is organized as Forum Einstein 2005 Bern.
Festive activities will take place throughout the city and beyond
and will include a large Einstein exhibition, a walking tour of
Einstein-related sites and other cultural events. There will be an
international physics symposium featuring a Festakt, and a conference
on the history and philosophy of Einstein's work, which will be
organized in cooperation with Jürgen Renn (Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science) and Gerd Grasshoff
(University of Bern, Forum Einstein 2005 Bern).
Furthermore, the annual reunion of the Swiss Academy
and the 13th general conference of the European Physical Society
will be held in Bern with a thousand participants in attendance.
The Seventh International Conference on
the History of General Relativity
is organized by the Fundacion Orotava, the Instituto de
Astrofisica de Canaria and the Max Planck
Institute for the History of Science
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