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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Brian Greene

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Green goes beyond Kaku's book ["Beyond Einstein"], exploring the ideas and recent developments with a depth and clarity I wouldn't have thought possible. Like Simon Singh in "Fermat's Enigma," he has a rare ability to explain even the most evanescent ideas in a way that gives at least the illusion of understanding....Rather than recycling the tired old set pieces science writers too often fall back upon, he develops one fresh new insight after another....In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, "The Elegant Universe" sets a standard that will be hard to beat.

(from http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0375708111//qid=1089239967/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/104-6948566-9936768?v=glance&s=books&vi=reviews)

Brief Biography

Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University where he is currently a professor of physics and of mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than twenty countries and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory.

He is the author of The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for an Ultimate Theory ("In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat." (New York Times Book Review).

(from http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/greene.html)