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Greene uses STEM and storytelling to engage

Acclaimed physicist Brian Greene merged hard science with artful communication to bring to life one of the most famous theories in science – Einstein's theory of relativity – during an Oct. 24 lecture at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Greene, director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics, spoke to more than 200 members of the RE community and guests after meeting separately with RE's faculty in the afternoon.
"Often we think about science as facts wedged between the hard covers of a textbook," Greene said, explaining that science is really about human journeys inspired by passion and in search of truth. "The ultimate message is that we have a real opportunity to transform the way we engage with these ideas .... Science should take its rightful place with theater, art and music as a vital part of what it means to be alive." 
 
Greene, one of the most widely respected physicists of this era, addressed the crowd for more than 60 minutes, speaking without notes and moving animatedly around the stage. He was introduced by Associate Head of School John A. King, Jr., and welcomed by Head of School Penny Townsend.
 
His visit to RE came just a week after the first anniversary of the school's REinventing Excellence campaign, which is designed to transform all of the school's programs while revitalizing the Upper School campus. The campaign was launched at the same venue on Oct. 17, 2017, as another esteemed speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, shared his progressive thinking about education. 

Greene's expertise is in the field of superstring theory, which seeks to provide a quantum theory of gravity along with as a unified theory of all forces and all matter. 

"There's so much we've been able to figure out," he said. "At least it gives you hope that a unified theory and the final laws of physics might be within the brain's grasp."

Greene holds degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, and is a member of Harvard's Board of Overseers. He is also a bestselling author; Pulitzer Prize finalist for non-fiction; a host of two NOVA miniseries based on his books; and a lecturer who has spoken in 30 countries and whose TED talks have accrued more than seven million views.

He has been a guest on The Tonight Show multiple times, and made bit appearances in films including New Line Cinema’s Frequency and The Last Mimzy, and he appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory.

To learn about how you can contribute to the REinventing Excellence campaign, contact Director of Advancement Greg Pollard.
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