Did you know that 2005 was the World Year of Physics?
“Recognizing that physics provides a significant basis for the development of the understanding of nature,
Noting that physics and its applications are the basis of many of today’s technological advances,
Convinced that education in physics provides men and women with the tools to build the scientific infrastructure essential for development,
Being aware that the year 2005 is the centenary of seminal scientific discoveries by Albert Einstein, which are the basis of modern physics,
Welcomes the proclamation of 2005 as the International Year of Physics by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
Invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to organize activities celebrating 2005 as the International Year of Physics, collaborating with physics societies and groups throughout the world, including in the developing countries;
Declares the year 2005 the International Year of Physics.”
Text excerpted from an explanatory memorandum from the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly.