Physicist & String Theorist Author, The Elegant Universe

Brian Greene

About the Speaker

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 (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. His latest New York Times bestseller, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality, is a Book of the Month Club “Main Selection.” Publishers Weekly calls it “popular science writing of the highest order.”

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. Says Greene, “We’re talking about the biggest question’s of all time. Why is there a universe? What is space? What is time? How is it all put together? You don’t have to be a scientist to find this stuff fascinating.”

In Fall 2003, Greene hosted a three-part 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. He describes the exciting developments in string theory and the mysteries yet to be uncovered that will revolutionize our understanding of space, time and matter. The response to the program was phenomenal, drawing more than twice the average TV audience for a NOVA series.

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 News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Charlie Rose, Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, Seed Magazine, Scientific American, USA Today and The New York Times.

Greene is a graduate of Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a professor in both Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University. He is co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP). He is currently working with Robert LePage to develop his “Strings and Strings” collaboration with the Emerson Quartet for a series of performances at the Lincoln Center in 2005-2006.