Judge David Johnson has mastered string theory. (Just not the string theory you're thinking of.)
NOVA is back to hurt your brain. If you think the eminent PBS science program had your Grey matter in a hammerlock before, prepare to be hit with some truly big and scary statistics.
Your tour guide through this quantum tomfoolery is physicist Brian Greene, host of The Elegant Universe. To be honest, for a man smarter than 50 of me put together, Greene does a fantastic job of articulating these monster concepts in an entertaining and engaging manner.
The Fabric of the Cosmos is broken up into four 55-minute episodes…
• "What is Space?"
• "Illusion of Time"
• "Quantum Leap"
• "Universe of Multiverse?"
Lots of heavy-duty stuff, but kudos to Greene and the producers for making it largely accessible. Much of the knowledge is transmitted through the use of simple visual examples (e.g. wave particles are illustrated by a bowling alley, dark energy through a baseball throw), and though they might be corny at time, the concepts register. Plus, experts in the field from all manner of universities convey their two cents, while Greene fills in the blanks.
The DVD presentation is extras-free, but sports a decent technical presentation: standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby 2.0 stereo.
If this subject matter interests you, take The Fabric of the Cosmos
for a spin. Not Guilty.
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