This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s special theory of relativity, most commonly represented by the equation E = mc2. So, how do you explain this enormously complex piece of science to the non-scientific public?

The PBS science program NOVA will take a stab at it in a two-hour program on October 11. But in the meantime they’ve also asked ten leading physicists to explain the famous equation in a series of podcasts (you can also subscribe in the iTunes podcast section), most of which are a couple minutes or less.

Even these short essays aimed at a general audience demands some understanding of basic scientific principles. However, even if I didn’t grasp every piece of what was being said, most of them are still worth a few minutes of time.