ABOUT HIS WORK

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and the director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics.

As part of his work, Professor Greene seeks to improve public appreciation for science by writing books, giving lectures, making films, and creating theatrical performances.

PHYSICS RESEARCH

Professor Greene’s scientific research focuses on string theory, mathematical physics, and cosmology. Among his most influential contributions are the first semi-realistic models based on explicit string compactifications, the discovery of mirror symmetry, mild topology change (flop transitions), drastic topology change (conifold transitions), and early calculations of microwave background imprints of quantum gravity. Greene is the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics.

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BOOKS & WRITINGS

Brian Greene is well-known for his general-level writings. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and won Britain’s top prize for a book on science. His second book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, inspired the Washington Post to call him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Together with his most recent book, The Hidden Reality, Greene’s books have spent 68 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over two million copies worldwide.

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LECTURES & INTERVIEWS

Brian Greene is widely known as a clear and charismatic speaker, and has given technical and general-level lectures in over thirty countries and spanning all seven continents. His two TED lectures alone have received nearly 7 million views.

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TELEVISION & FILM

The popularity of Brian Greene’s books, coupled with his natural on-camera demeanor, has resulted in his hosting two NOVA mini-series, which adapted The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos for television audiences. Greene has also had a number of cameo appearances in films including New Line Cinema’s Frequency and The Last Mimzy, and he also appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory.

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THEATRICAL WORKS

With works at the intersection of science, lecture and theater, Brian Greene is pioneering a new medium for science popularization. With the World Science Festival, he has created artistically refined performances which tell the stories of science. His latest piece, Light Falls, uses striking projection techniques (developed with 59 Productions, TONY award for An American in Paris), a riveting orchestral score composed by Jeff Beal (House of Cards) to recount Einstein’s dramatic journey toward his greatest achievement, the General Theory of Relativity.

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