The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

Astrophysicist Alan Lightman, Professor of the Practice of the Humanities. Creative Writing, Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) talks in this interview about the Big Bang (apparently it wasn’t like an explosion), and how the universe created time and space when it started to expand.  He also takes us on a trip around multiverses, the many universes that science predicts exist, but which may be very different indeed from our own universe. But while it is possible that science may soon explain everything in the physical world, will it ever, he muses, be able to explain the feeling of being in love?  Alan Lightman is an astrophysicist and also a poet and novelist. His best selling novel,  Einstein’s Dreams, about the young Albert Einstein working on his theory of relativity but troubled by dreams explores human beings’ relationship to time. It has been translated into thirty languages.