Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

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Worlds Apart

Mark Oliver Everett, the creative force behind the indie rock band EELS, sets out on a journey to connect with his deceased father, Hugh, a cult figure in the world of physics who pioneered the theory of parallel universes.
running time 11:42

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Visiting Princeton

Mark, known as E to his friends, reunites Hugh's graduate-school pals for a tour through his father's alma mater and some lessons on the basics of quantum theory.
running time 10:11

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A New Kind of Quantum Mechanics

Astrophysicist and Everett admirer Max Tegmark explains Schrödinger's cat thought experiment; and E searches the Princeton archives for his father's seminal Many Worlds dissertation.
running time 7:41

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Leaving Physics Behind

When mainstream physicists rejected Hugh's theory, he became depressed and left academia to work as a Cold War military analyst. E learns the important role his father played in shaping U.S. nuclear war strategy.
running time 11:00

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Common Grounds

Beginning with a University of Texas conference in 1977, Hugh's ideas finally began receiving the recognition he'd always craved. By the end of his own journey, E has a new understanding of his father's personality and accomplishments, and feels closer to him than he ever did when he was alive.
running time 10:10

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