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NOVA; Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

09/30/2008

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Series
NOVA
Program
Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Program Number

3513

Series Description

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

Program Description

For most of Mark Oliver Everett's life, things didn't add up. "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" follows Mark, better known as E, the lead singer of the rock band EELS, across the country as he attempts to understand the fantastic possibility of parallel universes and unravel the story of his troubled family and the father he never really knew—iconoclastic quantum physicist Hugh Everett III. Hugh Everett published his theory of parallel universes over 50 years ago as a Ph.D. student at Princeton University. But it remained largely ignored by the scientific community for 20 years.

In this intelligent and imaginative film, the wry and charismatic Mark takes an emotional journey into his father's life, meeting Hugh's old college friends, colleagues, and admirers, including MIT physicist Max Tegmark, a vocal proponent of Hugh's ideas. It is only by entering the esoteric world of quantum physics that Mark can hope to gain an understanding of, and more importantly, a connection to the father who was a stranger to him.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives,” 09/30/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C4C79BFA51A44ACA8AD178C9DE37A9C.
MLA: “NOVA; Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives.” 09/30/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C4C79BFA51A44ACA8AD178C9DE37A9C>.
APA: NOVA; Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C4C79BFA51A44ACA8AD178C9DE37A9C
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