Physicist Brian Greene
October 4, 2012

Proudly sponsored by the Bertie Cohen "Rabbi's Invitational Series"
of Temple Israel

1:00-2:15 pm, Main Auditorium, WV Culture Center:  Lecture and Q&A, “Why Science Education Matters” – 450 community leaders, state and local educators and administrators, and assembled high school students and teachers

6:00-7:30 pm, Temple Israel:  “Science and Religion: Points of Departure (A Conversation with Dr. Brian Greene)” – an “attended conversation” between Dr. Greene and Rabbi Cohn, followed by a reception

Brian Greene is a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. Physicist, string theorist and author, Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, and (in the words of the Washington Post), “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”

In his national bestseller, The Elegant Universe, Greene recounted how the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics transformed our understanding of the universe, and introduced us to string theory, a concept that might be the key to a unified theory of the universe. The book sold more than a million copies and became an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning NOVA special that Greene hosted.

His second book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into a four-part NOVA miniseries on PBS. Greene's latest New York Times bestseller, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, was published in January 2011.

In 2008, Brian Greene co-founded The World Science Festival. An annual event, its mission is to take science out of the laboratory, making the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating to the general public.

A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in both Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University. He has written essays for NPR, Wired Magazine and The New York Times. He has appeared on a variety of programs, including Charlie Rose, Nightline and The Late Show with David Letterman, and he made cameo appearances in the films Frequency, Maze, and The Last Mimzy

Called "a charismatic speaker" by Publishers Weekly, he considers lecturing "a form of performance." Wrote Newsweek, "Greene's theatrical lectures -- which include lots of metaphors, cool 3-d visuals and dry humor -- routinely draw hundreds." 

Click here for a brief video of Greene talking about the importance of science education:

 Click here for a video of Greene on “Late Night with David Letterman:”

 Watch an episode of “The Fabric of the Cosmos” here.