Brian Greene, string theory evangelist, introduces his big idea to help open the Ideas Festival.
He tells the story of a soldier in Iraq who found solace in the grand concepts in a book by Greene. Greene connects this to a need for better understanding and education of science in the American education system.
Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change. Professor Greene is co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, and with producer Tracy Day, he is co-founder of the World Science Festival.