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Nova: The Fabric of the Cosmos
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NOVA has surpassed its usual high standards. It's obvious they thought carefully about how to visually explain the concepts.
They did an admirable job in trying to appeal to a broad audience, including to curious people who aren't well-read about science. If you like eye-grabbing graphics you are in luck here. But this show was also enjoyable to me, even though I was already familiar with many of these ideas.
As is NOVA's trend in recent years, for me there was too much hyperactivity in the presentation. But I assume they do this to appeal to younger audiences, and this show will without a doubt be presented in high schools for years to come.
The last part of episode one was mind-blowing, that our universe is like a hologram. I didn't really understand it, but it's a very interesting idea to say the least. (I did see some science news articles a few months ago saying this idea has now been mostly disproved, but maybe those news articles were premature.)
Having seen the previous Brian Greene series named The Elegant Universe years ago, I had high expectations for this new series. Even more so because where Elegant Universe is mostly about only string theory, Fabric of the Cosmos is broader, covering space, time, quantum physics, and multiverses - all core ideas to physics. Now I'm reading the book, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.
If you are interested in science or just enjoy an excellent documentary, this is a must-have DVD.Read more ›
I have seen 3 episodes of the "Fabric of the Cosmos" now. The Episode on Time is alright but not superb. The episode called "Quantum leap" is superb and I will definitely use it for my introductory astronomy courses. The 3rd episode on "String theory" is even better than the original Elegant universe.
The part about Einstein and Neil Bohr is superb. The explanation of Quantum Entanglement and then the Teleportation is surprisingly digestible. I am thinking of building a course based on the fabric of the universe series. This is a fantastic series for the curious minded people among us. I am definitely buying these DVD's even though I have seen only 3 of the episodes.
How well do you understand this universe you live in? Science has come a long way in recent times. Programs nowadays are transformed to keep pace with our rapid information media society. This one is no exception, as it excels at getting the latest and greatest info to make you ponder deeper about the fabric of what this world is really made of, from the tiniest of strings, to the expanse of what's beyond our own universe.
BASICS ARE REVIEWED
Some basic concepts (and prerequisites for the laymen) are reviewed in the 1st episode, Space. (For example, this show is NOT about black holes. But they briefly review it to show a concept they're getting at, i.e. the fabric of space, and how it can be warped.) Otherwise, besides episode 1, there are may be parts of this program where you may need to hit the pause to process the info and let it sink in.
TIME AND SPACE DEVIATIONS
As a follow up to "NOVA - The Elegant Universe," Dr. Brian Greene continues where he left off, presenting hard science understandable today by using colorful illustrations, and the down to earth explanations. This is a biggest noticeable improvement compared to programs decades ago. Modern physics is a tough topic to grasp even for those with a science background, because this topic is beyond the realm of what we humans normally perceive in our daily lives. For example, in the Time episode 2, Greene takes an imaginary sword and slices across the time continuum graft, to show how the concept of "now" may not be the same as someone else's "now.Read more ›
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Compared to BBC documentaries, I am beginning to find NOVA a little sentimental. But the show was fun and added a dimension (ha ha) to my knowledge of the universe.Published 2 days ago by Mary Sibayan
An easy yet comprehensive way to present science topics that are too complex to understand. Visually stunning!Published 5 days ago by Mr. Mazurkon
This is a great documentary, full of insight and not selling dramatized physics. Facts and explanations only.Published 7 days ago by Brice LEROY
irrelevant theatrics and absurdly poor metaphors reveal precious little actual physics
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Nova always has great Topix. This is a fantastic video even if you're not a space Nerd Like MePublished 18 days ago by Jess Parker
Nice graphics. Lots of production value. They do a good job of bringing the info to a level layman can begin to understand. Fun show.Published 18 days ago by Tony P.
Puts some high-level concepts within reach of anyone curious how the world works. Requires almost NO math to understand.Published 27 days ago by Leigh Ann Edrich
Great show, I needed to watch it more than once since there is so much to absorb.Published 27 days ago by 150 ENR