BRIAN GREENE: A TIME TRAVELLER'S TALE
DR BRIAN GREENE (2017)
“Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer.”
2016 was full of highlights in the multiverse of physics – the discovery of gravitational waves, a potential ‘fifth fundamental force’, and a possible abundance of galaxies ten times larger than previously thought. For Australia in particular, one of these highlights was the visit of superstar physicist Dr Brian Greene. His return to Australian shores in 2017 was proof that lightning can strike twice.
Attending the prestigious Harvard University from 1980, and in 1987 receiving his PhD in Physics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Dr Brian Greene has dedicated the majority of his career to the concept of string theory, which not only reimagines the very structure of our universe but seeks a dream that goes back to Einstein: combine our understanding of all four fundamental forces of the universe (gravitational, electromagnetic, strong nuclear and weak nuclear) into one simple equation: a unified ‘theory of everything’.
When not pursuing this Einsteinian legacy, Dr Greene is renowned as one of the world’s leading science communicators, condensing the complex quandaries of the cosmos to enrich the public imagination with both fact and furor. Author of The Elegant Universe (1999), The Fabric of the Cosmos (2005), The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos (2011), and the sci-fi reimagining of the Greek myth of Icarus with Icarus at the Edge of Time (2008), Dr Greene’s goal is to universalise science and scientific interest, democratising it from the ivory towers of academia down to the ground where the impact is greatest.
Think Inc. gleefully welcomed the return of Dr Brian Greene in 2017 for another round of mind-bending (and mending) explanations for reality-altering discoveries. Joined by scientifically-grounded spoken word artist Hugo The Poet, Dr Greene’s show explored the nature of time, from science to art, and philosophy to spirituality.