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NOVA Launches String Theory Companion Site
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Parallel universes?  Eleven dimensions?  A world made entirely out of strings? It's not science fiction. It's string theory. NOVA has teamed up with New York animation artist Odd Todd to capture the underlying humor of the ever-elusive Theory of Everything, which may be found in a revolutionary set of new ideas called string theory.
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The Elegant Universe web site explores whether tiny strings vibrating in eleven dimensions could be the ultimate explanation for everything.

One of the most ambitious and exciting theories ever proposed—one that may be the long-sought Theory of Everything, that eluded even Einstein—gets a masterful, lavishly computer-animated explanation from bestselling author-physicist Brian Greene, when NOVA presents the nuts, bolts, and sometimes outright nuttiness of string theory, on "The Elegant Universe," a groundbreaking three-hour miniseries airing Tuesdays, October 28, 2003, from 8 to 10PM and November 4, from 8 to 9PM on PBS (check local listings).

Visit NOVA’s Companion Web site today to find:
 
INTERACTIVES & SLIDE SHOWS
Smashing Pictures
Explore images from atom smashers that have captured particles in the act of being created or destroyed.

The Making Of
Follow NOVA's film crew behind the scenes to London soundstages, New Mexican deserts, the streets of New York, and other locations. 

A Sense of Scale
Starting at an everyday scale, travel by powers of 100 down into the infinitesimally itsy-bitsy world of strings.  

Resonance in Strings
An everyday string and the tiny strings of string theory have a lot in common. It's all in the vibration. 

Multidimensional Math
See for yourself why it's a walk in the park to dream up extra dimensions, at least for mathematicians. 

Elementary Particles
How do you tell a muon from a gluon? A strange quark from a charm quark? Find out.
 
ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
A Theory of Everything?
In an excerpt from his book "The Elegant Universe," Brian Greene explains why string theory might hold the key to unifying the four forces of nature. 

A Conversation with Brian Greene 
The series host says we may not be smart enough to ever fully understand the universe, he'd like to know now if string theory is wrong.

Imagining Other Dimensions
Our brains may not be equipped to picture ten spatial dimensions, see if you can get to at least four.

Viewpoints on String Theory 
Leading physicists offer insights -- and sometimes conflicting opinions -- on the nature and meaning of string theory. 

RESOURCES
Watch the Program
Following the broadcast the entire three-part series will be available to view online. 

Lesson Plans for Teachers 
Teachers can find in-depth educational materials for high school and college students on the site with lessons that explore particle physics, the nature of strings, added dimensions, detector technologies, and more.

Join the NOVA Web Site Mailing List
Teachers, viewers, and surfers can join the NOVA Web site mailing list for a free e-mail notice when the site is updated with new interactive features, interviews, and lesson plans. 

http://www.pbs.org/nova/elegant/



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