Nova - The Elegant Universe

Nova - The Elegant Universe

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Director: Julia Cort, Joseph McMaster

Cast: Julia Cort, Joseph McMaster

     
 

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Join Columbia University Physics and Mathematics Professor Brian Greene as he explores the controversial "string theory" of the universe in this visually beautiful and intellectually stimulating release from WGBH Boston Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Stereo, this release also offers such extras as a look at

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Join Columbia University Physics and Mathematics Professor Brian Greene as he explores the controversial "string theory" of the universe in this visually beautiful and intellectually stimulating release from WGBH Boston Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Stereo, this release also offers such extras as a look at how the animations used in the main feature were created, a "Multidimensional Math Activity," "The Making of the Elegant Universe Activity," printable materials for educators, access to the Elegant Universe website, and an excerpt from the bestselling book.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Adapted from a provocative book by Brian Greene, this deeply engrossing documentary -- which originally aired on PBS's NOVA in three parts -- attempts to explain the controversial string theory, a complicated scientific proposal that, in short, posits a single explanation for many of the universe's mysteries. As affable an egghead as you're likely to find, Greene engages an array of physicists in his examination of string theory, which in part blends Einstein's theory of relativity with the complex laws governing quantum mechanics. Although mind-numbing technical terms are kept to a minimum, those of us not conversant with advanced physics might feel a bit lost at times. Still, the subject is undeniably fascinating, and some of the conclusions are nothing short of mind-blowing: a reasoned, professional discussion of a universe encompassing 11 separate dimensions certainly calls Johnny Carson's "I did not know that" to mind. In some ways reminiscent of Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, The Elegant Universe is even tougher to get a handle on. But the effort will prove rewarding, especially when you're looking for a way to melt the ice at cocktail parties.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0783421367791
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
3:00:00
Sales rank:
44,658

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus video how the animation was created; "Multidimensional Math" activity; "The making of The Elegant Universe" activity ; Printable materials for educators; Access to The Elegant Universe website; Excerpt from the best-selling book; Closed captions and video description

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. A Theory of Everything [11:08]
2. Newton's Embarrassing Secret [6:04]
3. A New Picture of Gravity [7:10]
4. A Strange New World [4:31]
5. The Quantum Café [8:21]
6. Gravity - The Odd Man Out [4:24]
7. String Theory to the Rescue [7:58]
8. A Science Or a Philosophy? [3:34]
1. Two Conflicting Sets of Laws [2:47]
2. One Master Equation [10:24]
3. The Birth of String Theory [4:40]
4. The Standard Model [4:13]
5. Wrestling With String Theory [6:25]
6. The Theory of Everything [7:19]
7. Multiple Dimensions [5:25]
8. Five Flavors of String Theory [7:00]
9. Chapter 9 [4:58]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. The Wild West of Physics [14:47]
2. The Potential of Strings [4:06]
3. Getting to One Theory [5:20]
4. Parallel Universes [5:03]
5. Escaping Gravity [5:57]
6. Riddle of the Big Bang [7:36]
7. Signs of Strings [6:27]
8. Too Elegant to Be Wrong? [3:53]
9. Chapter 9 [2:36]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian Greene really takes you through the adventure of the quantum world, with such great profound details,concepts,and understanding, he explains how the mathimatical ideas are comming together to understand this cosmos we live in. He takes you to the fabric of space and time, to the quantum foam, into the black holes, and superstrings that creates our view of true reality, I strongly recommend to buy this DVD, " ITS WORTH THE MONEY!!! "
Anonymous More than 1 year ago