brian greene
Hidden Realities: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

7PM Thursday, February 24, 2011

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'Physicists are now in
the worst possible position imaginable as regards the prediction of the actual universe from the possible universes at the beginning, at the Big Bang.'

Dr. Brian

Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Brian Greene (born February 9, 1963) is a physicist and one of the world's foremost string theorists. As of 2003, he is a professor at Columbia University. Born in New York City, Greene was a child prodigy in mathematics. At the age of five, he could multiply 30-digit numbers. His skill in mathematics was so great that by the time he was twelve years old, he was being privately tutored in mathematics by a Columbia University professor because he had surpassed the high-school math level. He entered Harvard in 1980 to major in physics, and with his bachelor's degree, Greene went to Oxford University, in England, as a Rhodes Scholar.



In recent years, a growing body of work based on a broad spectrum of ideas from quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory has been steadily converging around a proposal that our universe is actually only one of many universes. In fact, research supports a number of different models of parallel universes in which our world appears: for instance, as one of many ‘bubbles’ in a rapidly growing bath of universes, or as one of numerous cosmic slabs separated from one another through additional spatial dimensions. In this presentation, Greene, with his trademark impartiality, crystal-clear prose, and inspired use of analogy, opens up the strange worlds of the "multiverse," taking us on a journey grounded firmly in science, and limited only by our imagination.



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Dr. Brian Greene