Leiden students Nour Eldin Emara (Medicine) and Frank Rensen (Astronomy) have created a podcast series called "The Leiden Five." In the podcast, they talk about five prominent scientists in the fields of natural science and astronomy, all of whom conducted research at Leiden University. One hundred years ago, on September 26, 1923, these five exceptional scientists - Albert Einstein, Hendrik Lorentz, Paul Ehrenfest, Willem de Sitter, and Arthur Eddington - were immortalized in a unique photo. In the six-episode podcast series, science journalists and students from Leiden take a deep dive into both the personal and scientific lives of "The Leiden Five." These scientists are connected through their special collaboration and individual contributions to the theory of relativity.
The Leiden students explain the origins of the theory of relativity in an easy-to-understand manner. Leiden served as the central point for the friendship and knowledge of these scientists. Albert Einstein is considered the founder of the theory of relativity, while Hendrik Lorentz, Paul Ehrenfest, Arthur Eddington, and Willem de Sitter further developed the theory alongside him. During the podcast, the students clarify the theory using thought experiments.
You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud!
Watch the trailer here!