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Greene, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, has focused on unified theories for more than 25 years, and has written several best-selling and non-technical books on the subject including The Elegant Universe, a Pulitzer finalist, and The Fabric of the Cosmos—each of which has been adapted into a NOVA mini-series. His latest book, The Hidden Reality, explores the possibility that our universe is not the only universe.
Greene believes science must be brought to general audiences in new and compelling ways, such as his live stage odyssey, Icarus at the Edge of Time, with original orchestral score by Philip Glass, and the annual World Science Festival, which he co-founded in 2008 with journalist Tracy Day.
At the heart of modern cosmology is a mystery: Why does our universe appear so exquisitely tuned to create the conditions necessary for life? In this tour de force tour of some of science's biggest new discoveries, Brian Greene shows how the mind-boggling idea of a multiverse may hold the answer to the riddle.
Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
Originally posted by Orwells Ghost
This argument always struck me a sa bit of a non-sequitur. How can you be sure the universe is so exquisitely tailored for life? Why can't life be tailored for the universe?
Originally posted by jonnywhite
reply to post by IEtherianSoul9
YES!!! We've only been able to look for life on one other planet (mars), but even then the experiment is filled with controversy. When you consider there could be two billion other earth-analogs in our galaxy and tens of billions of other (larger) earth-like planets in the same galaxy, and then you account for billions of years of time and billions of other galaxies, then it makes perfect sense that until we find life on another planet we should assume earth is the only planet that has it.
Did you know our galaxy along with (many!) others is headed towards a region of space some 250 million light years away that has 10 quadrillion times more mass than our sun?
It's called The Great Attractor. Maybe we'll find life there, if we're lucky.
New research says there're bigger things 250 million light years beyond The Great Attractor.
So maybe whatever it's that's beyond The Great Attractor will have life. We'll keep looking.edit on 23-4-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by VonDoomen
reply to post by Orwells Ghost
reply to post by roadgravel
Because its not just life we are talking about, but existence. There are 100's of factors that could make our universe "unlivable". These factors are things like, the specific weight of electrons and protons, the strength of their charges, the strength of gravity, ect. If i remember correctly, the weight of a proton if it was even .0000001% smaller or bigger would have very dramatic effects on a universe. So its not necessarily just life we are talking about, but even the ability of the universe to exist. if you google this stuff you will find hundreds of these little tidbits that are essential for a universe to survive and not collapse or expand to quickly.