Physicist, best-selling author Brian Greene to speak at Purdue

October 27, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Brian Greene will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music.  

This lecture is presented by Purdue Convocations and the Office of the Provost with support from the Office of the System Chief Information Officer, the College of Engineering, the College of Science, and the Discovery Lecture Series. Additional support comes from the College of Liberal Arts, Indiana Space Grant Consortium and the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.

Greene's national bestseller "The Elegant Universe," which recounts the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics, introduced string theory, a concept that might be the key to a unified theory of the universe. The book sold over a million copies and became an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning "Nova" special that Greene hosted. His second book, "The Fabric of the Cosmos," spent six months on The New York Times best-seller list and was adapted into a "Nova" miniseries on PBS. Greene's latest bestseller, "The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos," was published in 2011.

Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and this year launched "World Science U," a series of free online courses.

A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Greene is a professor in physics and mathematics at Columbia University. His work has been published in Wired and The New York Times, and he appeared as himself in a 2011 episode of "The Big Bang Theory." He has also been a guest on "Charlie Rose," "Nightline," "Late Show with David Letterman," and "The Colbert Report."

Free seating passes are required for entry to this general admission lecture. Passes are available for pickup at the Stewart Center box office or by calling the box office at 765-494-3933. There is a limit of two seating passes per person.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters and connects them to academic, local and regional audiences. 

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