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The 2011 World Science Festival took place on June 1-June 5 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates.

A THIN SHEET OF REALITY: THE UNIVERSE AS A HOLOGRAM

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Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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 from scientists studying black holes; recently, a breakthrough in string theory propelled the idea into the mainstream of physics. What took place was an intriguing discussion on the cutting-edge results that may just change the way we view reality.

On the Blog: Space Is an Elaborate Illusion

More videos from this series: A Thin Sheet of Reality

This program was part of The Big Ideas Series, made possible with the support of the John Templeton Foundation.

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