CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, the universal law of gravity, string theory and the nature of time were just a few of the topics discussed in depth by Dr. Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist and string theorist, who headlined the fall 2016 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series. The Distinguished Speaker Series took place on the evening of Oct. 18 in the Performing Arts Center, with a special free student forum at 2 p.m. the same day.
“The feature of the universe that intrigues me the most is the nature of time,” said Greene. “Time is one of the most mysterious things out there. It’s not just a thing on a wristwatch or something that dictates a schedule. Time is not even the same for all of us. There is no universal clock. Time does not behave in the manner that experience and intuition lead you to believe.”
Montse Canedo, an animal biology major at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, attended the free student forum.
“Even though physics isn’t my main interest in the field of science, I found Dr. Greene’s talk fascinating,” said Canedo. “I was especially intrigued when Dr. Greene talked about time travel because, as he explained, time is a highly misunderstood concept.”
Andrew Vu, a W.B. Ray High School student also who attended the 2 p.m. forum, considers himself a Dr. Greene super fan.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to indulge in a unique experience of hearing a scientist of Dr. Greene’s caliber speak,” said Vu. “I have read a lot of Dr. Greene’s books and theories and it was cool to see someone that I idolized in real life.”
Greene, a Professor of Physics and Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics at Columbia University, has lectured in more than 30 countries and on all seven continents. Greene has published several books including “The Elegant Universe,” “The Fabric of the Cosmos” and “Hidden Reality,” all of which received high praise. “The Elegant Universe” and “The Fabric of the Cosmos” were each adapted into multi-part PBS documentaries hosted by Greene, and lauded with numerous honors including a George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcasting Excellence.
At the end of the event, Dr. Sylvia Earle was announced as the next speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series, to be held on March 2, 2017. Earle, the founding advisory board chair for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, a Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet and a Library of Congress Living Legend. She is a leader of the National Geodetic Survey Sustainable Seas Expeditions, founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a founding Ocean Elder and former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Sponsors of the fall 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series included Convergent Broadcasting, Corpus Christi Caller Times, KRIS Communications, La Palmera, Cooper Outdoor and AEP Texas. To learn more about the Distinguished Speaker Series, go to http://dss.tamucc.edu/.