Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. He is a bestselling author, a Columbia University professor known for a number of groundbreaking discoveries and a riveting public speaker.
In his national bestseller, The Elegant Universe (Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Aventis Prize, Britain’s top science book award), Greene recounts how the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics transformed our understanding of the universe, and he introduces us to string theory, a concept that might be the key to a unified theory of the universe. The book has sold more than a million copies.
His latest book, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality, spent 6 months on The New York Times bestsellers list and inspired The Washington Post to describe him as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”
With artful metaphors and often humorous analogies, Greene succeeds in making the most sophisticated concepts in physics and cosmology accessible and entertaining to a general audience. “We’re talking about the biggest questions of all time,” says Greene. “Why is there a universe? What is space? What is time? How is it all put together? You don’t have to be a physicist to find this stuff fascinating.”
In fall 2003 Greene hosted the Emmy Award-winning NOVA special, “The Elegant Universe,” on PBS, taking audiences on a thrilling journey through hidden dimensions, superstrings and black holes in a quest to unify the laws of nature. The response to “The Elegant Universe” was phenomenal, drawing more than twice the average TV audience for a NOVA series. The program received a 2004 Peabody Award for broadcast excellence.
Greene’s “elegant universe” and study
of string theory have been widely profiled by the media, including a one-hour segment on ABC’s Brave New World series on Nightline (hosted by Robert Krulwich), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, Seed Magazine, Scientific American, USA Today, The New York Times, Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman.
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He considers lecturing “a form of performance.” His Strings & Strings
performances with the Emerson String Quartet are multimedia presentations of string physics and string music. With a background in theater, Greene has made cameo appearances in the films Frequency, Maze, and Mimzy.
A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in both Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University. He is also co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP).
Greene is working with Robert LePage to develop his "Strings and Strings" collaboration with The Emerson Quartet for a series of performances at Lincoln Center in 2008. He also is organizing the first annual World Science Festival, a weeklong
extravaganza that will allow the general public to explore science, from cutting-edge research to works in theatre, film, and the arts inspired by scientific ideas. The festival will be held in New York City in 2008.