Saturday, November 12, 2011

New material on the way!

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been able to update in a while; I've been a bit busy. I've got a bunch of brain-melting ramblings coming up this week that you definitely don't want to miss. Stay tuned!

For the time being, get lost in this Hubble deep field!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

'The Fabric of the Cosmos' with Brian Greene

Tonight at 9pm EDT, PBS is kicking off their brand-new NOVA miniseries called 'The Fabric of the Cosmos' with renowned American theoretical physicist Brian Greene. Greene specializes in string theory, one of science's most recent and well-known attempts to unite Einstein's general relativity with quantum mechanics. The show will explore the cutting-edge scientific theories that modern physicists are using to tackle the mysteries of the universe, such as space, time, and quantum and cosmic-scale interactions.

I am interested to see how intellectual an approach the series will take. These types of shows deal with incredibly complex theories, and as such they tend to be dumbed down in order to appeal to a broader, less theoretically-minded audience. After viewing the preview (video below), 'The Fabric of the Cosmos' appears to be rife with computer-generated graphics and highly-simplified scenarios. I hope that the show's video effects are used to illustrate concepts intelligently and do not detract from the actual substance of the topics they address.

Theoretical physics truly is the greatest playground for an inquisitive mind. It attempts to answer the most fundamental and awe-inspiring questions of the universe in which we live. In my opinion, there is no higher pursuit in science than discovering the very nature of the time and space that we invariably occupy. I hope we are in for a treat with this series.