What Is the Holographic Principle?

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When Stephen Hawking elegantly described the relationship of quantum mechanics with black holes, he inadvertently opened the door to a radical possibility: that our universe, as we know it, is like a hologram. Science historian Peter Galison and leading physicists Brian Greene and Cumrun Vafa explain how the resilient nature of information combined with the behavior of event horizons suggests that the three dimensions of reality we observe may in fact be a two-dimensional information structure “painted” on some sort of cosmological horizon.

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Date: Friday June 3, 2011
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: John Hockenberry
Participants: Gerard ’t Hooft, Leonard Susskind, Raphael Bousso, Herman Verlinde

What we touch. What we smell. What we feel. They’re all part of our reality. But what if life as we know it reflects only one side of the full story? Some of the world’s leading physicists think that this may be the case. They believe that our reality is a projection—sort of like a hologram—of laws and processes that exist on a thin surface surrounding us at the edge of the universe. Although the notion seems outlandish, it’s a long-standing theory that initially emerged years ago...[Read more]


Why do you give Hawking credit for holographic principles?  You know darn well it was  Leonard Susskind who refuted Hawkings claim that information was lost in a black hole, which led Leonard and others to derive or at least bring back to life the idea?  This is not good for science to prop up ICONS.  I love Brian Green and Hawking had his day, but not even to mention Susskind seems to be a huge slight.