Elsevier Celebrates International Year of Light 2015 through its Collaboration in the Production of Documentary Film: Einstein’s Light

Amsterdam, January 20, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces its collaboration in the film production of Einstein's Light which was first presented yesterday at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015) held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Einstein's Light explores how scientific imagination and innovation advance knowledge frontiers featuring Dr. Albert Einstein and Dutch Nobel Laureate Dr. Hendrik Lorentz as models. The film examines Einstein's discoveries as well as modern examples of scientific imagination and innovation, highlighting organizations on the front edge of discovery. It illuminates Einstein's quest to realize his General Theory of Relativity from his miracle year of 1905 to its finalization amidst the horrors of the First World War, as he used the properties of light to guide his creative path.

Nickolas Barris, Producer and Director of Einstein's Light, comments, "The symbiotic relationship between music and science plays a major role throughout the documentary as this was the dynamic that enabled Einstein to achieve his greatest scientific discoveries. My idea to have this focus was directly inspired by taking Einstein's own words seriously: 'My discoveries are the result of musical perception.' My main objective in developing this film is to highlight how imagination fuels the innovation that moves forward the boundaries of our knowledge frontiers. I hope to inspire audiences across the world to honor and support the role of science in advancing our society."

Charon Duermeijer, Elsevier Publishing Director Physics, comments, "We are delighted to be part of the International Year of Light 2015 through our support of this documentary film. It is a truly unique opportunity to bring and share the work and lives of Lorentz and Einstein to audiences around the world. It's Elsevier's mission to contribute to progress in Science and the film highlights especially that aspect. It feels like a natural connection for us. Einstein's Light explores the process of scientific knowledge exchange in the past, present, and vision-casting for the future."

Professor John M Dudley, President of the International Year of Light comments, "Commemorating the Centenary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was a foundational pillar of why we worked to have an International Year of Light in 2015. Einstein's exploration of the properties of light provided a key pathway for his discovery. We are absolutely delighted to have Nickolas Barris' film Einstein's Light play a key part throughout IYL2015 as it explores the themes:  light, relativity, and the symbiotic relationship between science and music."

The complete documentary can be viewed in cinemas across the globe in September 2015. The trailer was presented yesterday at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015), held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/117005227

For more information, go to: Elsevier Connect.


About John M. Dudley
John M. Dudley obtained B.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Auckland in 1987 and 1992 respectively. In 1992 and 1993, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of St Andrews in Scotland before taking a lecturing position in 1994 at the University of Auckland. In 2000, he was appointed Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France. He heads the Optoelectronics and Photonics research group of the FEMTO-ST Laboratory. He is chair of the international steering committee of the International Year of Light 2015.

About Imaginary Films / Nickolas Barris
Imaginary Films is the feature film and television company founded by Hollywood writer/producer Nickolas Barris. Nickolas Barris has developed and/or written over 40 feature films and over a 100 hours of Prime-Time U.S. Network Television. It is estimated that over 100,000,000 people have watched film and television projects developed by Nickolas Barris. Nickolas Barris is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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