AQ: Australian Quarterly

WITH PROF BRAIN GREENE

Theoretical physicist Brian Greene has spent his life understanding the gravity of the smallest questions of our Universe. A world leader in superstring theory, Prof Greene is the Director of the Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics at Colombia University.

He is also is one of the most prominent voices in modern science. He frequents television shows such as David Letterman and Stephen Colbert, where he explains complex physics with relatively simple demonstrations and fast-paced wit. Others might be familiar with his more scripted appearances on the U.S. comedy series The Big Bang Theory, his TED talk, and his hosting of the series The Fabric of the Cosmos.

On top of this, Prof Greene is the author of four highly acclaimed books – including a children’s book on Einstein’s insights into relativity.

Yet one of his greatest science communication achievements remains the co-founding of the World Science Festival in New York City, which has had eight successful years and had its first international festival hosted in Brisbane in 2016.

I caught up with the man the Washington Post called “The single best

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