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Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Watch the Program Online
View the entire three-hour program online in segmented chapters annotated with curriculum connections. Available following the broadcast. (Requires QuickTime or RealPlayer plug-in.) (Grades 9-12)

A Theory of Everything?
Learn the basics of string theory and why it might hold the key to unifying the four forces of nature in this excerpt from The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. (Grades 9-12)

A Conversation with Brian Greene
Read about what it's like to be a string theorist, ways string theory might be experimentally supported, and advice for aspiring theorists in this interview with physicist Brian Greene. (Grades 9-12)

Viewpoints on String Theory
Compare what seven leading physicists have to say on the nature and meaning of string theory. (Grades 9-12)

Imaging Other Dimensions
Consider why it is so difficult to visualize a world with more than three spatial dimensions. (Grades 9-12)

The Making Of
Travel from London to New Mexico and places in between in these behind-the-scenes photographs taken during the production of NOVA's "The Elegant Universe." (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Sense of Scale
Start at the scale of an apple and travel by powers of 100 down into the infinitesimally small world of strings. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Resonance in Strings
See how resonance affects both an everyday string and the tiny strings of superstring theory. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Multidimensional Math
Begin with a point and end with a hypercube in this interactive that takes you from one to four dimensions. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Elementary Particles
Find out about matter and force particles, including their properties and when many of them were discovered or confirmed. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Smashing Pictures
See images and computer reconstructions of particle accelerator discoveries of such fundamental particles as the strange, charm, top, and bottom quarks. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

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