Probing the Edge of Reality

February 28, 2014 | 7:30pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

7:00 pm - Meet the lecturer
7:30 pm - Lecture begins
8:30 pm - Stargazing in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting 

The search for an ever-deeper understanding of the universe has revealed a wealth of highly speculative but startling concepts, such as the possibilities that there are extra dimensions of space, that reality is closely akin to a hologram, and that there may be more than one universe. In this program, Dr. Greene will share his insights into these ideas and offer a critical assessment of their scientific merits.

Dr. Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change. His first book for general audiences, The Elegant Universe, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.  His more recent books, The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Hidden Reality, were both New York Times bestsellers, and inspired the Washington Post to call him "the single best explainer of abtruse concepts in the world today."  

He frequently appears on television programs such as Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, and David Letterman and has hosted two NOVA series on PBS: The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. 

Dr. Greene will sign copies of his books after the lecture.

The John N. Bahcall Lecture is sponsored by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Hubble Space Telescope Project/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.