NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Universe Or Multiverse?
Airs Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published November 21, 2011 at 2:24 p.m., updated July 6, 2012 at 4:21 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.
Riddles of the Multiverse
In this interview, USC theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson contemplates the controversial notion of multiple universes.
A Cosmic Crossword
Try your hand at NOVA’s first crossword puzzle. It’s fast, physics-based, and fun.
On Being a Physicist
Columbia's Brian Greene explains why history’s greatest scientific thinkers, from Newton to Feynman, became his heroes.
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.
"Universe Or Multiverse?" - Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse.
In this show, Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it's true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like.
Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers, and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable.
Brian Greene reveals why this radical new picture of the cosmos is getting serious attention from scientists. It won't be easy to prove, but if it's right, our understanding of space, time, and our place in the universe will never be the same.
The first episode, "What Is Space?" originally aired November 2011, and rebroadcast July 11, 2012. The second episode, "The Illusion Of Time," originally aired November 2011, and rebroadcast Wednesday, July 18, 2012. "Quantum Leap" originally aired November 2011, rebroadcast Wednesday, July 25, 2012.