NOVA: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives Series
Lectures curated around NOVA: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, which follows Mark Oliver Everett, lead singer of the EELS, as he attempts to understand the father he never really knew, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III.
Scientific American described Hugh Everett as "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." In 1957, he proposed the controversial Many Worlds Theory, a startling interpretation of quantum mechanics. The theory makes the astounding prediction that parallel universes are constantly splitting off from our everyday reality. For many years, Hugh Everett's mind-boggling theory was overlooked. Today, the concept of parallel universes is not only explored by many top physicists, but it also inspired many films, television series, and books. In this program, Mark takes an emotional journey into his father's life, meeting Hugh's old college friends, colleagues, and admirers, including MIT physicist Max Tegmark, a vocal proponent of Hugh's ideas.
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