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PostSubject: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:24 am

PBS just broadcast an amazing four-part series on NOVA, their science program. FABRIC OF THE COSMOS hosted by physicist Brian Greene. I believe you can watch the program free on-line -- they stream it for some weeks afterwards - might be anyone can see or just American audiences not sure?. Also there is a DVD available.

Greene is a master at translating complex new science so that people like me can sort of understand - or at least glimpse what the newest thinking is about the nature of time, space, gravity, multiple universes, the quantum world, string theory and so on. Some of what scientists are staying these days seems quite mystical. The final show was about the concept of multiple universes -- and the current theory is that there are an infinite number of other universes "out there". Yikes. The second show on the nature of time was brilliant. Highly recommended.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/fabric-of-cosmos.html
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PostSubject: Re: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:16 am

I did see the last segment of that on PBS, the string theory and parallel Universes, did not see the second one on the nature of time, Dogen of course had that all figured out (see Uji) which I always thought could not be figured out by the brain alone. In regard to the infinity of Universes, I believe it is somewhere in the Avatamsaka that tries to blow the brain and any of its theories to smithereens. Another good one on the theory of time and infinity is the maiden whose veil wears down a piece of rock or granite by brushing against it every few eons or so. I dunno, not sure how far Physics can go before this world too goes into extinction or before that big plastic debris island floating out in the Pacific smothers everything.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Thanks Josh ... I needed a good Sunday read. Just downloaded the book version to my Kindle Smile
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PostSubject: Re: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:26 pm

it is worth watching the 4-part program -- brilliantly done. it was streaming free on PBS.org for American viewers - not sure it's still up. also the DVD is available -- i just bought it for my dad who loves all things about astronomy, space, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:36 pm

Hi Josh,

I've been watching this, too, and loving it. Thanks for mentioning it to everyone.

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PostSubject: Re: PBS Series - Fabric of the Cosmos - Four parts   Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:05 am

Thanks, Josh. How about those little vibrating strings that are at the heart of it all? I loved the series! By the way, the show points out that even Einstein could be wrong.
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