Brian Greene at the
World Science Festival, 2008.
Born February 9, 1963. He's an American scientist and
author. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in
1984 and his doctorate from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a
Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in
1990 and was appointed to the position of full professor in 1995. In
1996 he joined Columbia university as a professor of physics and
He is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking
discoveries in his field of superstring theory, including the
co-discovery of mirror symmetry, which launched a vibrant field of
research in physics and mathematics, and also the discovery of topology
change, which showed that unlike Einstein's General Relativity, in
string theory the fabric of space can tear apart.
He is the co-founder and director of Columbia's
Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), a research
center seeking string theory's implications for theories of cosmology.
His books include The Elegant Universe,
The Fabric of the Cosmos
The Hidden Reality.
He also wrote a short story for children:
Icarus at the Edge of Time.
He played himself
on the 20th episode of the
4th season of the Big Bang Theory, helped with scientific dialogue for the television series
3rd Rock From the Sun,
appeared on David Letterman and has made many other media appearances.
Quotes by Brian Greene:
|"I became vegetarian when I was nine
because my mother cooked spare ribs in a manner that made the
connection to meat from an animal particularly clear. So at that
point I said I’m never eating meat again and proceeded to go to
the refrigerator and make a salami sandwich, because, a city
kid, you know, what is meat? You don’t know what meat is,
really. And my parents said, ‘Well, that salami is meat,’ at
which point I just put down the sandwich and never ate meat
|"Going vegan happened later. I visited an
animal rescue farm in upstate New York [Farm
Sanctuary] and learned much about
the dairy industry which was so disturbing that I could not
continue to support it. Within days I gave up all dairy."
|"Most people don’t question the practice
of eating meat. ... Many of these people care about animals and
the environment, some deeply. But for some reason—force of
habit, cultural norms, resistance to change—there is a
fundamental disconnect whereby these feelings don’t translate
into changes of behavior."
|When asked why he thinks so
many of the greatest geniuses have been vegetarian, he answered:
|"From my limited experience, vegetarians
typically are people who are willing to challenge the usual,
accepted order of things. Moreover, they’re often people willing
to sacrifice their own pleasures in pursuit of what they believe
is right. These same qualities are often what’s needed to make
great breakthroughs in the arts and sciences."
he appeared on the Colbert Report. He was asked whether he
thinks there is a universe where Taco Bell serves beef. He
|"I'm vegan, I don't even think about those
kind of things."
|In 1999 he wrote:
|"String theory has the
potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings in the
universe -- from the frantic dance of subatomic quarks to the
stately waltz of orbiting binary stars; from the primordial
fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of heavenly
galaxies -- are reflections of one, grand physical principle,
one master equation."
|"I think we have an urge for there to be
more to reality than our daily lives. We delight in the
possibility that, under what we've long taken to be certain,
lies something hidden."
Quotes are from his
2011 interview with The Washington Post, his
2007 interview with Common Ground Magazine, his
interview with The Supreme Master Ching Hai and his
2011 interview with NewStatesman.