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Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics

Saturday, June 2, 2012
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In 1935, Albert Einstein and two colleagues published a landmark paper revealing that quantum mechanics allows widely separated objects to influence one another, even though nothing travels between them. Einstein called it spooky and rejected the idea, arguing instead that it exposed a major deficiency in the quantum theory. But, decades later, experiments proved the unsettling concept correct, upending conventional notions of reality. Join Brian Greene on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

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


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Elizabeth StahlmannActor

Elizabeth Stahlmann is an actress. Her New York stage credits include The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (The Acting Company), Paper Plane (Three Sticks), Scream Along With Billy (Joe’s Pub), and Little Broken Hearts (The Universal ClockWorks).

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Michael RoushActor

A graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program, Michael Roush moved to New York City to act with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Following that season, he worked to bring We Happy Animals, a new play by Andrew Kramer, to the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival where he originated the role of Ben.

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Raja BurrowsActor

Raja Burrows graduated from Northwestern University. He most recently appeared in the city as Neel in Making Books Sing’s Tea With Chachaji. He’s also participated in several readings with the New York University Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

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