World Year of Physics 2005
The World Year of Physics (WYP 2005) was a worldwide celebration of physics and its importance in our everyday lives. Physics not only plays an important role in the development of science and technology, but also has a tremendous impact on our society. WYP aimed to raise the worldwide awareness of physics and physical science.
The year 2005 was chosen as the World Year of Physics because it marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s “miraculous year” in which he published three important papers describing ideas that have since influenced all of modern physics. This year provided the opportunity to celebrate Einstein, his great ideas, and his influence on life in the 21st century. You can learn more about Einstein’s life and ideas in our About Einstein section.
WYP 2005 was an international endeavor. The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics declared the year 2005 as the World Year of Physics. With this declaration, people all over the world joined in the celebration of physics and its importance in our everyday lives!
The US physics community’s efforts for 2005 were led by the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics, the premier organizations in the US for physicists, physics teachers, and physics societies. Our theme for the WYP celebration in the US was “Einstein in the 21st Century.”
In addition to larger scale national projects, local WYP events were organized by a diverse group of people. Individuals, science museums, physics departments, labs, community groups, teachers, and others also planned events in their communities.