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The Elegant Universe

One of the most ambitious and exciting theories ever proposed—one that may be the long-sought “theory of everything,” which eluded even Einstein—gets a masterful, lavishly computer-animated explanation from bestselling author-physicist Brian Greene, when NOVA presents the nuts, bolts, and sometimes outright nuttiness of string theory.

Greene is professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, where he is one of the world’s foremost string theorists. He is also an unusually adept science explainer, whose book The Elegant Universe became a runaway bestseller and whose popular lectures pulse with string-like energy, not to mention infectious humor (more…)

A Theory of Everything?

In this excerpt from his book The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene explains why string theory might hold the key to unifying the four forces of nature.

A Conversation with Brian Greene

The series host says we may not be smart enough to ever fully understand the universe, he’d like to know now if string theory is wrong, and more.

Viewpoints on String Theory

Leading physicists offer insights—and sometimes conflicting opinions—on the nature and meaning of string theory.

Imagining Other Dimensions

Our brains may not be equipped to picture ten spatial dimensions, but see if you can get to at least four here.

The Making Of

From the initial concept to the finished product, take a detailed look at the creation of one scene from “The Elegant Universe.”

A Sense of Scale

Starting at an everyday scale, travel by powers of 100 down into the infinitesimally itsy-bitsy world of strings.

Resonance in Strings

An everyday string and the tiny strings of string theory have a lot in common. It’s all in the vibration.

Multidimensional Math

See for yourself why it’s a walk in the park to dream up extra dimensions, at least for mathematicians.

Elementary Particles

How do you tell a muon from a gluon? A strange quark from a charm quark? Find out here.

Smashing Pictures

Explore images from atom smashers that have captured particles in the act of being created or destroyed.

  A Three-Hour Miniseries with Brian Greene

-The Elegant Universe (Part 1) – Einstein’s Dream 

-The Elegant Universe (Part 2) – String’s The Thing 

-The Elegant Universe (Part 3) – Welcome to the 11th Dimension 

 

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