Brian Greene

Monday, August 10, 2020
10:45am EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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"Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe"

Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. His most recent book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, is a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose. Greene returns to Chautauqua to open our week on “The Science of Us” with a discussion of this new work, offering a sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. 

A Professor of Physics and of Mathematics at Columbia University, and director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics, Greene is the co-founder of The World Science Festival, which brings cutting edge science programming to broad audiences. Greene’s previous books — The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality — have collectively sold over two million copies, been translated into more than 40 languages, and spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His books are also the basis of two Emmy and Peabody Award-winning NOVA miniseries, both of which Greene hosted.

Greene is also the author of the illustrated novella Icarus at the Edge of Time, which was adapted for live symphonic presentation with an original score by Philip Glass and, premiered at Lincoln Center. His work for the stage, Light Falls, traces Einstein’s discovery of General Relativity. For his work, Greene was awarded the Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics in 2003; that prize is given to a person who has made substantial cultural, artistic, or humanistic contributions to physics.

A Rhodes Scholar, Greene earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and his doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford University.