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October 8, 2004
CONTACT: Lisa De Nike
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Physicist and Author Brian Greene to
Speak at Johns Hopkins


Theoretical physicist Brian Greene, a Columbia University professor of mathematics and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Elegant Universe, will give the 2004 Potts Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Schafler Auditorium of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Greene's lecture topic — "The Fabric of the Cosmos" — takes its title from his most recent book of the same name, in which he explored the nature of space, time and reality. With artful metaphors and often humorous analogies, Greene makes the most sophisticated scientific concepts in physics and cosmology accessible and even entertaining to general audiences. He addresses what he calls "the biggest questions of all time:" "What is space? What is time? Why do we have a universe? How is it all put together?"

Greene's "elegant universe" and study of string theory has been widely covered by the media, including a one-hour segment on ABC's Brave New World series on Nightline (hosted by Robert Krulwich), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Charlie Rose, Conan O'Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, Seed Magazine, Scientific American, USA Today and The New York Times. Last fall, he also hosted a three-part NOVA special, "The Elegant Universe," on PBS.

The Potts Memorial Lecture is administered jointly by the Physics and Astronomy department and the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program. It is given annually in memory of Isaac and Leah M. Potts by their sons, Albert and Efrem Potts, and aims to bring leading scholars to Johns Hopkins to compare and contrast scientific and biblical views of cosmology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 410-516-6625 for details.

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