Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University
After attending Stuyvesant High School, Brian Greene entered Harvard University, concentrating in physics. He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 and his doctorate from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Greene joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990 and was appointed to the position of full professor in 1995. In 1996 he joined Columbia University as a professor of physics and mathematics.
Professor Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of topology change, which suggested possible tears in spacetime not predicted by Einstein’s General Relativity.
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.