Apr 13, 2010
Follow EELS frontman Mark Oliver
Everett on his quest to comprehend the theory of parallel universes
while unraveling the remarkable life story of his iconoclastic
father Hugh - creator of the radical quantum physics theory - in
this installment of the popular PBS series Nova.
Dubbed one of the most important scientists of the 20th century by
Scientific American, Hugh Everett III proposed the controversial
Many Worlds Theory back in 1957.
The basis of that theory is the idea that parallel universes are
constantly spinning off from reality as we know it.
ignored at the time, that theory has gone on to become not just a
popular topic of study among respected physicists, but the
inspiration for such popular films, television shows, and books as
Star Trek and The Golden Compass.
As a young boy growing up, Mark never understood why his father was
so distant. It wasnít that Hugh didnít care about his family, just
that his brain was constantly swirling with ideas and concepts, and
that anything that pulled him out of his own thoughts was considered
something of a distraction.
Now the last surviving member of his troubled family, Mark
interviews his fatherís old college friends, colleagues, and
admirers - including MIT physicist
Max Tegmark - in an emotional
journey to not only better understand the man he barely knew in
life, but also to gain a greater understanding of the ideas that
still inspire physicists to this very day.