In a special collaboration, the Paley Center for Media presented the American premiere screening of Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives. In this poignant documentary, Mark Oliver Everett, creative force behind the indie rock band “Eels,” embarks on a personal journey to understand the astounding contribution that his reclusive father Hugh Everett made to physics — a theory of parallel worlds.
Following the screening, Everett was joined by theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Max Tegmark, and physicist/moderator Brian Cox, to explore why — fifty years later — his father’s work is now gaining wider acceptance. This program was presented in partnership with NOVA, which broadcast the film on PBS in the fall of 2008.
Brian Cox is a physicist and BBC television and radio presenter who appears in programs such as In Einstein’s Shadow, Bitesize and Horizon.
Mark Oliver Everett is the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and creative force behind the independent rock band, Eels. He is the son of Hugh Everett III, the physicist who proposed the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Michio Kaku is one of the founders of string field theory, a field of research within string theory. He’s also the host of Sci Fi Science, the top-rated new series on the Science Channel, which is based on his New York Times best-selling book Physics of the Impossible. A theoretical physicist and a tireless popularizer of science, Kaku has published extensively in string theory since 1969.
Dr. Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he has taught for more than 30 years. Many of the ideas he first explored have since blossomed into active areas of string research. He has written several best-selling popular books, including Hyperspace, selected as one of the best science books of 1994 by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and Parallel Worlds, a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
He is active in both television and radio, working with the BBC and the Discovery Channel and hosting two weekly radio programs which reach 130 cities.
Known as “Mad Max” for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, Max Tegmark’s scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality. He is author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers, twelve of which have been cited more than five hundred times. He has been featured in dozens of science documentaries, and his work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.” He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics professor at MIT.
Paula S. Apsell heads the flagship PBS science series, NOVA, now in its 35th year. Under Apsell’s leadership, NOVA has won every major broadcast award and is the most popular science series on television. In 2005, Apsell introduced NOVA scienceNOW, a critically acclaimed science newsmagazine dedicated to covering the latest developments in science and technology.