Professor, Columbia University
Dr. Brian Greene (born February 9, 1963) is a physicist
and one of the world's foremost string theorists. As of 2003, he
is a professor at Columbia University. Born in New York City, Greene
was a child prodigy in mathematics. At the age of five, he could
multiply 30-digit numbers. His skill in mathematics was so great
that by the time he was twelve years old, he was being privately
tutored in mathematics by a Columbia University professor because
he had surpassed the high-school math level. He entered Harvard
in 1980 to major in physics, and with his bachelor's degree, Greene
went to Oxford University, in England, as a Rhodes Scholar.
In recent years, a growing body of work based on a broad spectrum of ideas from quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory has been steadily converging around a proposal that our universe is actually only one of many universes. In fact, research supports a number of different models of parallel universes in which our world appears: for instance, as one of many ‘bubbles’ in a rapidly growing bath of universes, or as one of numerous cosmic slabs separated from one another through additional spatial dimensions. In this presentation, Greene, with his trademark impartiality, crystal-clear prose, and inspired use of analogy, opens up the strange worlds of the "multiverse," taking us on a journey grounded firmly in science, and limited only by our imagination.
Dr. Brian Greene