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Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos

Synopsis
Based on the book by physicist and author Brian Greene, this series of four programmes explores space, time, and the very nature of reality. He explains how our perceptions have fooled us and time may be an illusion; why empty space is not empty; how a hidden realm, where the seemingly impossible is possible, lies just beneath the surface of the everyday world; and why other universes -even copies of you -may exist.

Programme 1: THE ILLUSION OF TIME - We waste it, spend it, make it, and kill it, but what really is time? Is it like a river that flows, a clock that ticks, or nothing more than an illusion? Join a time-traveling adventure to uncover the true nature of past, present, and future--and of time itself.

Programme 2: WHAT IS SPACE? - You can’t see it, touch it, or taste it, but space is everywhere. And it’s not just an empty void. Surprising clues that space is "something" rather than "nothing" are overturning much of what we thought we knew about the universe, and may even hold the key to its ultimate fate.

Programme 3: QUANTUM LEAP - Take a wild ride into a bizarre realm where it seems the impossible is possible. Objects pop in and out of existence; things can, in a sense, be in two places at once; even teleportation is real. Welcome to the weird world of quantum mechanics. On the scale of atoms and particles, the universe is nothing like it seems.

Programme 4: UNIVERSE OR MULTIVERSE - Is our universe unique, or could it be just one of many in an endless "multiverse" where copies of you, me, and everyone else may exist? This radical idea is getting some serious scientific attention, and could revolutionise our picture of the cosmos -and our place within it.
Series
Nova, Series
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2011
Documentation
Available with or without the book of the same title by Brian Greene on which the series is based
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
quantum mechanics; space-time concepts; time; universe; theoretical physics; multiverse

Credits

Writer
Brian Greene
Contributor
Brian Greene

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
240 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

PBS

Web
http://www.pbs.org External site opens in new window

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
http://www.amazon.co.uk External site opens in new window

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