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Brian Greene


Theoretical physicist and string theorist.
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Brian Greene
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules and brush the edge of acceptability in the search for solutions. Mathematicians are more like classical composers, typically working within a much tighter framework, reluctant to go to the next step until all previous ones have been established with due rigor. Each approach has its advantages as well as drawbacks; each provides a unique outlet for creative discovery. Like modern and classical music, itís not that one approach is right and the other wrong Ė the methods one chooses to use are largely a matter of taste and training.
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The real question is whether all your pondering and analyses will convince you that life is worth living. That's what it all comes down to.
Greene
Well, a big question is how did the universe begin. And we, cannot answer that question. Some people think that the big bang is an explanation of how the universe began, its not. The big bang is a theory of how the universe evolved from a split second after whatever brought it into existence. And the reason why weíve been unable to look right back at time zero, to figure out how it really began; is that conflict between Einsteinís ideas of gravity and the laws of quantum physics. So, string theory may be able to - it hasnít yet; weíre working on it today - feverishly. It may be able to answer the question, how did the universe begin. And I donít know how itíll affect your everyday life, but to me, if we really had a sense of how the universe really began, I think that would, really, alert us to our place in the cosmos in a deep way.




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