Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and of spatial topology change.
He is known to the public through his books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, which have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. The Washington Post called him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”
Professor Greene hosted two Peabody and Emmy Award winning NOVA miniseries based on his books and is a frequent television guest, joining Stephen Colbert seven times and playing himself in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. He has also had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films including Frequency, Maze and The Last Mimzy. With producer Tracy Day, Greene co-founded the World Science Festival and he is the Director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics.
00:00 | Trailer.
02:48 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:06 | Brian’s introduction.
04:49 | Professor Brian Greene’s early study of physics in the UK and USA.
09:13 | Why, as a physicist, his new book looks at humanity, consciousness and how we live in this world.
10:34 | Education in physics from a young age, through university and via AI possibilities in the future.
15:05 | Stephen Hawkins’ and Einstein’s study of the notion of time.
22:27 | Einstein’s genius, the theory of relativity and his connection with the atomic bomb.
26:23 | Curtailing research in physics for fear of what might be discovered
33:08 | Repulsive gravity creating the universe, what has happened since and will happen in the future to its end.
36:08 | The concept of entropy and the possibility of Boltzmann brains.
42:29 | How he remains positive when contemplating human mortality and the end of the universe.
48:18 | His views on prospects for immortality and human experience of death.
52:39 | Professor Brian Greene’s view of religion.
58:55 | Why it is hard to study and measure consciousness.
1:02:07 | Disturbing the consciousness with drugs.
1:07:25 | The concept of parallel universes and what he feels about that.
1:09:54 | The likelihood of other entities visiting us or using technology to communicate.
1:12:07 | How the integrated circuit and quantum physics contribute to thirty five percent of GDP.
1:13:35 | How Until the End of Time written in an accessible to all way
1:14:40 | How Brian Greene sees the purpose and meaning of his physics research.
1:16:06 | Why communication of science to children and adults is important to him.
1:17:30 | Why he plans to communicate scientific ideas more visually.
1:18:24 | His daily practice.
1:19:01 | His prospects for the next ten years.
1:19:44 | The worst and best days of his life.
1:21:51 | What scares him.
1:24:16 | What keeps him awake at night.
1:25:25 | Success secrets.
1:25:55 | Brian expresses his thanks to Brian Green for his book which he believes many will find interesting.
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