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Pen Pals presents physicist Brian Greene

Known as this century’s Albert Einstein, Greene is the author of the national best-sellers, “The Elegant Universe” and “The Hidden Reality.”

Dr. Brian Greene

Dr. Brian Greene is not only one of the world’s leading string theorists, he’s accomplished a feat that few in his field have ever been able to: made theoretical physics both comprehensible and compelling to the general public.

With his national best-sellers, “The Elegant Universe” and “The Hidden Reality,” Greene made the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating.

Greene’s expertise — combined with his unique ability to engage audiences of all types by translating complex science into everyday language — has made Greene a much sought-after public speaker and landed him a NOVA film documentary.

The Washington Post described Green as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”

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Twin Citians will get the opportunity to meet Green in person on Thursday, Apr. 19, when he’ll deliver an illustrated lecture as part of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library’s Pen Pals Reading Series.

A brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, Greene’s books have been flying off the shelves since the late nineties.

His first book, “The Elegant Universe,” which popularizes superstring theory and M-theory, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, won The Aventis Prize for Science Books, and was later made into a Peabody Award-winning PBS television special, narrated by Greene.

Greene’s second book, “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” examines of the very nature of matter and reality, covering topics from spacetime and cosmology, to origins and unification, to reality and the imagination.

“The Hidden Reality,” Greene’s third — and most expansive — book, deals in greater depth with the intriguing concept of multiple universes and why the scientific community is increasingly open to the possibility of their existence.

Reaching out to younger reading audiences, Greene also authored “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” a futuristic re-telling of the Icarus myth.

Those of you who think scientific theory is cold, distant, or, frankly, boring, prepare to be proven wrong when Greene comes to Pen Pals in April.

In his quest to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of space and time, Greene will captivate audiences young and old, imparting a visceral understanding of why science matters to each of us.

Individual tickets start at $40. For more ticket information, visit 2011-2012 Pen Pals Tickets.

Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012
Place: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, MN 55343
Cost: $40-$75