NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos

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The Fabric of the Cosmos, a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize -- a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected. Brian Greene is going to let you in on a secret: We've all...
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Overview

The Fabric of the Cosmos, a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize -- a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected. Brian Greene is going to let you in on a secret: We've all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. Much of what we thought we knew about our universe -- that the past has already happened and the future is yet to be, that space is just an empty void, that our universe is the only universe that exists -- just might be wrong. Interweaving provocative theories, experiments, and stories with crystal-clear explanations and imaginative metaphors like those that defined the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed series The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos offers a compelling, visual, fun, and comprehensive picture of modern physics. The four programs are:
What is Space? Space. It separates you from me, one galaxy from the next, and atoms from each other. It is everywhere in the universe. But to most of us, space is nothing, an empty void. Well, it turns out space is not what it seems. From the passenger seat of a New York cab driving near the speed of light to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity. Stranger still is a newly discovered ingredient of space that actually makes up 70 percent of the universe. Physicists call it dark energy because while they know it's out there, driving space to expand ever more quickly, they have no idea what it is. Probing space on the smallest scales only makes the mysteries multiply. Down there, things are going on that physicists today can barely fathom—forces powerful enough to generate whole universes. To top it off, some of the strangest places in space, black holes, have led scientists to propose that like the hologram on your credit card, space may just be a projection of a deeper two-dimensional reality, taking place on a distant surface that surrounds us. Space, far from being empty, is filled with some of the deepest mysteries of our time.
The Illusion of Time: Time. We waste it, save it, kill it, make it. The world runs on it. Yet, ask physicists what time actually is, and the answer might shock you: They have no idea. Even more surprising, the deep sense we have of time passing from present to past may be nothing more than an illusion. How can our understanding of something so familiar be so wrong? In search of answers, Greene takes us on the ultimate time-traveling adventure, hurtling 50 years into the future before stepping into a wormhole to travel back to the past. Along the way, he will reveal a new way of thinking about time in which moments past, present, and future -- from the reign of T. rex to the birth of your great-great-grandchildren -- exist all at once. This journey will bring us all the way back to the Big Bang, where physicists think the ultimate secrets of time may be hidden. You'll never look at your wristwatch the same way again.
Quantum Leap: Join Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them. A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation -- ncluding Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr -- squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies? Quantum mechanics may be counterintuitive, but it's one of the most successful theories in the history of science, making predictions that have been confirmed to better than one part in a billion, while also launching the technological advances at the heart of modern life, like computers and cell phones. But even today, even with such profound successes, the debate still rages over what quantum mechanics implies for the true nature of reality.
Universe or Multiverse? Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. In this show, Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it's true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like. Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers, and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable. Brian Greene reveals why this radical new picture of the cosmos is getting serious attention from scientists. It won't be easy to prove, but if it's right, our understanding of space, time, and our place in the universe will never be the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • UPC: 841887015141
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,500

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?/The Illusion of Time
1. Preview [3:15]
2. Making Something from Nothing [14:24]
3. The Problem with Gravity [10:03]
4. Space at the Quantum Level [8:47]
5. The Expanding Universe [10:09]
6. Space as a Hologram [8:59]
1. Preview [3:15]
2. The Mystery of Time [10:07]
3. Einstein's Time Revolution [6:34]
4. Past, Present, and Future [10:17]
5. Time Travel & the Arrow of Time [10:11]
6. The Disorderly Universe [15:11]
Disc #2 -- The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap/Universe of Multiverse?
1. Preview [3:15]
2. Down at the Quantum Level [10:09]
3. Particles and Waves [11:09]
4. Einstein v. Spooky Action at a Distance [13:19]
5. The Future of Teleportation [6:30]
6. Quantum Mechanics Today [10:22]
1. Preview [3:15]
2. One of Many? [7:42]
3. From Universe to Multiverse [15:17]
4. Dark Energy and the Multiverse [8:26]
5. Another Piece of the Puzzle [13:54]
6. Are We Unique? [7:01]
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Disc #1 -- The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?/The Illusion of Time
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   Play The Illusion of Time
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      The Illusion of Time
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Disc #2 -- The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap/Universe of Multiverse?
   Play Quantum Leap
   Play Universe or Multiverse
   Scene Selection
      Quantum Leap
      Universe or Multiverse?
   Setup
      Subtitles: On
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      Play with Video Descriptions: On
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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    An amazing and informative show

    Brian Greene is the best host for a science show I've seen. The team of special effects people are top notch. I recommend this show to everyone both novice and experienced in science.

    -Adam

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