Here's a little piece:
"The most amazing thing about the scientific journey is that we spend most of our life in the dark. We spend most of our life trying to figure things out and most people don't recognize, but maybe people here do, that 99.9% of everything we do is flat out wrong. It's not wrong because we make mistakes, it's wrong because the universe is such a rich source of mystery that our attempts to understand it are usually off the mark. ... It's all about being comfortable searching in the dark."Here's some background on Brian Greene. I don't understand physics to anything near this depth (it was still dots (electrons) when I was in school, not strings, although that was beginning to change) but I was still rapt. Why?
- Green's grasp of his topic is so thorough that he can explain esoteric concepts, effectively, to a lay person. ("If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Einstein) In fact, he's known for his popular books on the subject: The Elegant Universe, and The Fabric of the Cosmos both made into NOVA specials on PBS.
- I loved Greene's hand gestures.
- I loved how the interviewer, Michael John Gorman, listened to him, queried him, and just let him speak. Gorman departed from the trend in interviewing these days which sees the host inject his own life stories into the conversation.
- I was impressed by Greene's apparent health, both physically and mentally. While almost three-quarters of adult men in this country are overweight or obese, Greene, at age 49, has remained trim, spry, curious, and competent. His diet? Vegan since 1997.