August: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene

  • August 18, 2013 · 5:00 PM

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

I will have a one-week-old newborn at this time so I will leave this one up to the guest-leader, Sterling DeRamus! Thanks, Sterling!

 

The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?

There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each.

Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? The Hidden Reality is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.

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  • Dee

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Dee

    The Science as Art as in Hidden Reality:

    Lorenz Simulation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP3qAq9RNLg

    and the beauty of math behind it:

    http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/DynamicalSystemsWithLorenzAttractors/

    1 · August 18, 2013

    • steve

      Article on black hole sucking in a massive gas cloud

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Great time had by all, well done Sterling and now to contact Megan about the rest of the year; 3 books, October, November, and December. She already has our list from June but let's see if she remembers after the life-changing event of another child. :)

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    It would be a huge pity if Sterling can't make it but we've already delayed a fortnight and I finished the book so I suggest we just hold it tonight and hope Sterling can make it. We met him last month and he seems nice so I look forward to it if he can make it.

    August 18, 2013

    • Sterling D.

      I am already here. Looking forward to having everyone here!

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Megan, given how far we have to push this one back and that the rest of the year is still unset I suggest we give September a miss (I'd be Labor Day anyway) and have our subsequent meeting in October. What does everyone else think?

    August 5, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    This one looks interesting.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I will try to make it but I too will be having a difficult day tomorrow so I'll be playing it by ear.

      August 3, 2013

  • Sara

    Way too pregnant to journey out now. Wish I could make it!

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Congratulations! We really appreciated Megan coming out when she was being very motherly but take car of yourself and your soon-to-be and we'll see you when you're ready.

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Laquetta

    Last minute conflict. I was really looking forward to the discussion, too.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Brian E.

    Fortunately I now own this book, having bought it and had it signed at Dr. Greene's lecture in McLean a couple weeks back--before I saw this announcement.

    1 · April 6, 2013

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