World Year of Physics 2005

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The year 2005 was named the World Year of Physics, also known as Einstein Year, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "Miracle Year", in which he published four landmark papers, and the subsequent advances in the field of physics.

The logo is meant to represent the light cone diagram used in special relativity to show locations that are in causal contact and those that are not.


Physics has been the basis for understanding the physical world and nature as a whole. The applications of physics are the basis for much of today's technology. In order to both raise worldwide awareness of physics and celebrate the major advances made in the field, the World Congress of Physical Societies proposed[1] and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics resolved that 2005 should be commemorated as the World Year of Physics. This was subsequently endorsed by UNESCO.[1]

Selected celebrations[edit]

The mass–energy equivalence formula displayed on Taipei 101 in celebration of World Year of Physics 2005

The World Year of Physics officially began with a conference held in mid-January in Paris, titled Physics for Tomorrow.[2]


  1. ^ a b "2005 – UNESCO World Year of Physics". Eurofusion. December 1, 2004. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "World Year of Physics 2005 Begins With Paris Conference" (press release). American Physical Society. January 10, 2005. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "EinsteinFest". Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Archived from the original on September 30, 2005.
  4. ^ Duchen, Jessica (January 28, 2011). "The relative beauty of the violin". The Independent. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Mays, Richard (July 26, 2013). "Einstein's Universe: Professor inspires pupils". The Tribune. Palmerston North. Retrieved December 4, 2017 – via Chamber Music New Zealand.

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