Brian Greene and the need for imagination in science

I came across Brian Greene after I came across HASTAC (which I have written about in a previous posting).

Brian Greene is a the type of scientist who understands just what it is that makes the subjects of physics, chemistry and biology really come alive for the layman (like me). He is a world famous Professor of Physics at Columbia University specialising in String Theory (which he explained so well in another video that I watched on Youtube).

He has recently written an imaginative multimedia work based on the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus which sends Icarus out into the furthest reaches of space and examines the physics of black holes and what would happen to him (and indeed to Daedalus) if he ventured too near the Black Hole (surprisingly he would not be drawn into it to disappear forever but time would be warped as it approaches the hole and on his return the time which to him would be only a few days would be hundreds of years to his father! The multimedia presentation (film, acting, music) was recently produced at London’s South Bank Centre last weekend (3rd and 4th of July).

The multimedia event is based on the book that Greene wrote called “Icarus at the Edge of Time” and you can read about it at:

To get a good idea of the man and his idea I have included in this post a video that he did at The World Science festival in 2008. Watch and enjoy and maybe look up more about him.

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About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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