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Theoretical Physicist and Author Dr. Brian Greene Discusses Creative Innovation

September 22, 2004

[ Dr. Brian Greene ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Brian Greene, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, will speak as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. in OWU's new Schimmel/Conrades Science Center. Lecturing as part of the Science Symposium commemorating the dedication of the Science Center and highlighting creative aspects of science and scientific research, Dr. Greene will explore "Breakthrough Thinking: Challenging What We Know," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Dimensions of Creativity." Also included in the Science Symposium is the "Summer Science Research Symposium" at 12:10 p.m., in which OWU Students will display and discuss their scientific research conducted in the summer of 2004, and a lecture by Dr. Paul Schimmel '62 at 4:00 p.m., entitled "Frontiers of Biotechnology."

Known for making sophisticated concepts accessible to a general audience, Dr. Greene will examine creative innovation, finding novel solutions to critical problems, using modern physics as the framework. Dr. Greene, Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University, is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in super string theory.

In 2003, Dr. Greene hosted a three-part NOVA special on PBS, "The Elegant Universe," in which he describes string theory, a concept that might be the key to a unified theory of the universe, and the mysteries that will revolutionize our understanding of space, time, and matter. Dr. Greene has made many national media appearances including The Charlie Rose Show, The Century with Peter Jennings, Nightline in Primetime, The Conan O'Brien Show, and he made a cameo appearance in the Hollywood film "Frequency."

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 19th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.