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NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: Quantum Leap



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Fabric of the Cosmos, The: Quantum Leap
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them. A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation—including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr—squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies?

Quantum mechanics may be counterintuitive, but it's one of the most successful theories in the history of science, making predictions that have been confirmed to better than one part in a billion, while also launching the technological advances at the heart of modern life, like computers and cell phones. But even today, even with such profound successes, the debate still rages over what quantum mechanics implies for the true nature of reality.

A NOVA Production by Spine Films in association with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel

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Chicago: “NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: Quantum Leap,” 10/12/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_246B9467093C4E52857E4398C4C4BF5C.
MLA: “NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: Quantum Leap.” 10/12/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_246B9467093C4E52857E4398C4C4BF5C>.
APA: NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: Quantum Leap. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_246B9467093C4E52857E4398C4C4BF5C
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