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NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Quantum Leap

Airs Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: CGI from "The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Quantum Leap" showing an entrance to Quantum Level.

"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.

Physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene (pictured) returns to NOVA with “The Fabric of the Cosmos.”
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Above: Physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene (pictured) returns to NOVA with “The Fabric of the Cosmos.”

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.

"Quantum Leap" - Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them.

CGI of planets from "The Fabric of the Cosmos."
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Above: CGI of planets from "The Fabric of the Cosmos."

A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation—including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr—squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies?

Quantum mechanics may be counterintuitive, but it's one of the most successful theories in the history of science, making predictions that have been confirmed to better than one part in a billion, while also launching the technological advances at the heart of modern life, like computers and cell phones. But even today, even with such profound successes, the debate still rages over what quantum mechanics implies for the true nature of reality.

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The final episode, "Universe Or Multiverse?" will follow at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

The first episode, "What Is Space?" originally aired November 2011, and rebroadcast July 11, 2012. The second episode, "The Illusion Of Time," will air on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m.

NOVA is on Facebook, and you can follow @novapbs on Twitter.

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NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Quantum Leap

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Above: Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales.

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Brian Greene Answers Your Questions

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Above: Brian Greene, author and host of NOVA's "The Fabric of the Cosmos," answers questions from Facebook and Twitter, including: 1) What is "The Fabric of the Cosmos" about?; 2) Where would you go if you had a time machine?; and 3) What's your favorite tech gadget?

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