Time Travel With The Fabric of the Cosmos

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Over the next month, NOVA is going to confirm what most sci-fi enthusiasts already suspect-that everything we've been taught about space and time just might be total B.S. The past is not just a series of faded events, the future isn't yet defined, and despite what science prudes say, we probably aren't alone.


The Fabric of The Cosmos, the four-part follow up to acclaimed physicist Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe, takes an intensely in-depth look at all we think we know-and then turns it upside down. So in the weeks leading to the November 2 series premiere on PBS, we'll be giving you a brief primer on what to expect from each brilliant episode. Last time we started exploring space. Today, we attempt to grasp a thing no one can control or stop—time.

Tick, tick, tick, tick. What's that? Oh you know, just the sound of the minutes slipping through your fingers. What are you even doing right now? Don't you have somewhere to be? Do you have any idea how valuable time is? Well, it turns out that most physicists aren't quite sure either. In episode two, "The Illusion of Time", Brian Greene explains to viewers why it is that many researchers now believe that the passage of time isn't as linear as once assumed. Greene challenges fixed notions of past, present and future by leaping all the way back to the Big Bang in order to illustrate how all moments—no matter where they fall on the timeline—are possibly happening simultaneously.

Check out the trailer to the left, then head here to get up to speed on the very real science behind the series. And don't forget to tune in to NOVA's The Fabric of The Cosmos series starting on Wednesday, November 2 at 9/8c. Only on PBS.