Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics, is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and of spatial topology change. He is known to the public through his books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, which have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. The Washington Post called him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Professor Greene hosted two Peabody and Emmy Award winning NOVA miniseries based on his books and is a frequent television guest, joining Stephen Colbert seven times and playing himself in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. He has also had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films including Frequency, Maze and The Last Mimzy. With producer Tracy Day, Greene co-founded the World Science Festival and he is the Director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics.
Greene is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the bestselling author of four books about the physics of space and time.
Brian Greene is renowned for his writings, media appearances, and other projects aimed at increasing public appreciation for science.
Professor Greene has had many media appearances, from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to Charlie Rose and the NewsHour.
Greene’s two NOVA specials based on The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos were nominated for numerous Emmy Awards and won a Peabody Award, as well as the French Prix Jules Verne Award.
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With Emmy award winning journalist Tracy Day, Greene is also co-founder of the The World Science Festival, which has been hailed by the New York Times as a “new cultural institution”.
In conjunction with the World Science Festival, Greene has written and performed several theatrical pieces.
With theater, Greene is pioneering a new medium for delivering science to the public. His latest piece, Light Falls, explores the life and works of Albert Einstein—and his groundbreaking general theory of relativity. Learn more ›
From Nature Books and ArtsTowards the end of The Theory of Everything, the 2014 film about Stephen Hawking, scenes depict the reception of his popular science classic, A Brief History of Time (1988). The camera [...]
Mild spoilers for The OA ahead. Famed astrophysicist Brian Greene inadvertently narrates a crucial scene in The OA’s fifth episode, “Paradise.” Hap, still struggling to figure out where his captives go when they “die,” tunes [...]
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Professor Greene has long been fascinated with the power of mathematics in describing our world. Hear him describe a childhood experience that fostered this appreciation.