NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: What Is Space?
Airs Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published November 1, 2011 at 3:42 p.m., updated July 6, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.
"The Fabric Of The Cosmos," a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize—a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.
Interweaving provocative theories, experiments, and stories with crystal-clear explanations and imaginative metaphors like those that defined the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed series "The Elegant Universe," "The Fabric of the Cosmos" aims to be the most compelling, visual, and comprehensive picture of modern physics ever seen on television.
"What Is Space?" - From the passenger seat of a New York cab driving near the speed of light to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Brian Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity.
Stranger still is a newly discovered ingredient of space that actually makes up 70 percent of the universe. Physicists call it dark energy, because while they know it's out there, driving space to expand ever more quickly, they have no idea what it is. Space, far from being empty, is filled with some of the deepest mysteries of our times.
The second episode, "The Illusion Of Time," will air on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. "Quantum Leap" will air on Wednesday, July 25 at 9 p.m. The final episode, "Universe Or Multiverse?" will follow at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.