Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Fabric Of The Cosmos





Some people have always wanted to learn a foreign language or write the great American novel. Me? I’ve always wanted to understand quantum mechanics.

So many aspects of modern life: the internet, cell phones, laptop computers and space exploration to name but a few, have been made possible because of advances in physics since Albert Einstein first chalked E=mc2 on his blackboard in 1905. Today, physicists have added sub-atomic particles, space-time and the multiverse to their fields of study. 

If, like me, you’ve ever been the least bit curious about quantum mechanics, check out The Fabric of the Cosmos, Brian Greene’s latest NOVA series from PBS. And get ready to have your mind blown wide open. Using easy to follow, non-mathematical analogies even a math-phobe like me can understand, Greene makes it all crystal clear. Why does time travel in only one direction? How can there be dimensions of space and time that we cannot apprehend? And is teleportation really possible? Watching The Fabric of the Cosmos makes me feel a bit less puzzled by the great leaps we’ve made in the fields of astro-physics, quantum mechanics, and digital technology. And I no longer feel like someone just waking up Ichabod Crane-like into the twenty-first century.

And just so you know: about the whole teleportation thing? According to Greene, it may indeed be possible. So, beam me up, Scotty!

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