Monday, January 31, 2011

Great quote from Brian Greene on Colbert

Here is Brian Greene talking about multiverses on Colbert.

But right at the end, he has fantastic quote: "You are a bag of particles governed by the laws of physics". What a fantastically accurate description! I love it.  Hmm...I think this will be perfect for the tombstone. I don't want to spoil the ending, but this also reminded me of the phenomenal ending of Catch-22 - right on the last page. I know, I know, this was a big jump - but it just reminded me of that.

Here is Greene on Colbert:
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Dr. M. Akbar Hussain said...

Very soon, our undestanding of physics and universe will become so complicated that there will be a need of science watchdog for publicizing and promoting only what is understandable by highest of the high IQs of humanity and to filter out rest of the information, no matter how pertinent it could be. Anyways, nice spoof of the parallel universe theory.

Salman Hameed said...

But that is already the case. A lot has to do with scientists pushing for details. For example, it easy to assume the Earth as a perfect sphere and then calculate its parameters. But it is not perfect, and then you have to get into complex mathematical equations to take into account its imperfect shape. The same is true for our understanding of weather and what is happening on the "surface" of Sun. Heck, even a flow of water requires a complex set of equations from fluid dynamics. Perhaps the universe is messy as well...and general theory of relativity is hard to grasp for most people living on the planet (unless seriously trained in mathematics and physics). This is the reason we have science communicators, like Brian Greene, to make some of these ideas accessible. But, yes, these complex ideas will stand or fall based on the peer-review and the testability of claims.