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Best-selling Author and String Theory Proponent to Speak at Tulane

February 22, 2010

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

mstreck@tulane.edu

Brian Greene, physicist, string theorist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe, will be the featured speaker at the 2010 Newcomb-Tulane College Lecture, which will take place at 7 p.m., March 16 in Tulane’s Dixon Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Greene’s talk is titled “Why Science Matters.” Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. The Washington Post described him as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”

The Newcomb-Tulane College Lecture is an annual program that allows undergraduates the opportunity to hear from some of the great minds of our time, in the hope that students will be inspired toward a greater level of engagement with the world around them.

In The Elegant Universe Greene introduced the string theory, which holds that all matter is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy, to a wide audience and recounted how the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics have transformed our understanding of the universe. The book sold more than a million copies and became an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning NOVA special hosted by Greene. His second book The Fabric of the Cosmos, spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list and is currently being adapted into a four-part NOVA miniseries airing in the fall of 2011 on PBS. Greene is also currently at work on a new book that will be published in January 2011.

A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in both physics and mathematics at Columbia University. Greene has made numerous media appearances, from Nightline and Charlie Rose to The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as cameo appearances in the films Frequency, Maze, and The Last Mimzy. Greene has also written essays for NPR, Wired Magazine and the New York Times.

Newcomb-Tulane College is the academic home for all undergraduates at Tulane University.




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