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Fabric of the Cosmos
November 26, 2011 1:43 AM   Subscribe

Brian Greene's Fabric of the Cosmos is online in its entirety on NOVA's website, in four one-hour episodes. Time, Space, Quantum Mechanics, Multiverses.
posted by empath (32 comments total) 73 users marked this as a favorite

 
HA! I knew it was made of fabric!
posted by sexyrobot at 2:00 AM on November 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


When I try to play the video it just says "Technical Difficulties". Maybe it only works in the US. Have any European users got it to play?
posted by sixohsix at 3:23 AM on November 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


HA! I knew it was made of fabric!

I thought it was made out of string...
posted by Grangousier at 3:44 AM on November 26, 2011


European here: I too get the "Technical Difficulties" message. I suppose it's US only.
posted by ts;dr at 3:53 AM on November 26, 2011


Wow, looking forward to watching this. He's come a long way since 90210.
posted by GodricVT at 4:12 AM on November 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


When I try to play the video it just says "Technical Difficulties"

That's not a region limitation, that's the actual current status of string theory.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:32 AM on November 26, 2011 [15 favorites]


I just watched the multiverse episode on PBS the other day. AMAZING.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:40 AM on November 26, 2011


greene's WSF live forum w/ susskind & perlmutter
posted by kliuless at 6:42 AM on November 26, 2011


I wouldn't worry about not being able to access the video. Another version of you in the multiverse is enjoying a very educational program.
posted by Renoroc at 7:06 AM on November 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


Quite enjoyed it.
posted by Atreides at 7:15 AM on November 26, 2011


Trouble watching in Canada, too. Kind of a pain, since Albertan viewers are the biggest donors to the Spokane Wa. PBS station.

If they come for Lawrence Welk, my mom's going to go ballistic.
posted by Trochanter at 7:43 AM on November 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


mom's going to go ballistic

Hmm... That's pretty Newtonian.
posted by Trochanter at 7:45 AM on November 26, 2011


And in other news, light's phase velocity can be different than its group velocity.
posted by fatllama at 7:50 AM on November 26, 2011


It's also on youtube.
posted by empath at 7:53 AM on November 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


He's come a long way since 90210.
He was actually pretty good in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but I might be talking about another universe's analogue of the guy, because he looks way different on Nova.

That said, it was a good series, as was Greene's last series, The Elegant Universe.
Also, the problem I have with a multiverse is that the only difference between this one and the one next door is that I'm wearing pants while typing this, and the other me isn't.

posted by PapaLobo at 8:20 AM on November 26, 2011


I watched the Fabric of Space episode with my mom. Her response: "Don't they think there are some things we aren't meant to understand?"

Me: ಠ_ಠ

(This is why we can't have nice things)
posted by dirigibleman at 8:25 AM on November 26, 2011


I'm wearing pants while typing this, and the other me isn't.

See, but I can't test that though, because I can only be certain of either the location or the velocity of your pants.
posted by Trochanter at 8:29 AM on November 26, 2011


Max Wegmark is a sexy beast.
There, I've said it.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:03 AM on November 26, 2011


AWESOME
posted by lazaruslong at 9:36 AM on November 26, 2011


I wish I could favorite this post a million times. THANK YOU!
posted by lazaruslong at 9:38 AM on November 26, 2011


I can't stand the presentation of these pop-sci pieces, so, questions: A) Does this program advance anything new, or that isn't in the wikipedia article? B) If so, is there a text summary somewhere?
posted by curious nu at 11:40 AM on November 26, 2011


Ah, referring to the multiverse one specifically.
posted by curious nu at 11:41 AM on November 26, 2011


My old girlfriend had a plan to make a mock up of a magazine that's like Tiger Beat, but w/ physicists instead of teen idols. Of course Brian Greene would be the cover.
posted by broken wheelchair at 12:32 PM on November 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Brian Greene strikes me as the biggest rock star in physics. Who would be next in line? Who is the Richards to Greene's Jagger?
posted by xmutex at 6:58 PM on November 26, 2011


I don't know who the Keith Richards is, but I think Neil Degrasse Tyson is the Jimi Hendrix.
posted by Renoroc at 7:10 PM on November 26, 2011


The series was enjoyable and I enjoyed the shower scenes. Astrophysicists are quite clean.
posted by dragonplayer at 7:12 PM on November 26, 2011


I watched the Fabric of Space episode with my mom. Her response: "Don't they think there are some things we aren't meant to understand?"

(This is why we can't have nice things)


I discussed the show with my mom. Her response: "What's happened to NOVA? They used to actually discuss science and now they just show what are basically the same computer graphics over and over. I think they started going downhill once they began taking money from that bastard Koch."

(This is why I'm smart and unsatisfied.)
posted by benito.strauss at 7:54 PM on November 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Brian Greene strikes me as the biggest rock star in physics.

He's not even the biggest rock star named Brian in physics.
posted by empath at 11:57 PM on November 26, 2011


empath: "It's also on youtube."

Thanx for this, empath—I'd gone over to NOVA site and found the vid preceded by a commercial by a low, vile, scumbag investment bank, I'd sooner burn my eyes out of my head than give them a view of that commercial.
posted by dancestoblue at 12:39 AM on November 27, 2011


Watching that commercial just takes money from that evil bank and gives it to public television.
posted by empath at 12:45 AM on November 27, 2011 [4 favorites]


Thanks for the pointer - always appreciate seeing new documentaries to watch
posted by jay@patientway.com at 9:17 PM on November 27, 2011


The accidental universe: Science's crisis of faith
posted by homunculus at 11:23 PM on December 23, 2011


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