Renowned Physicist and Author Visits W.Va.

October 04, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – World renowned physicist and best-selling author Brian Greene shared his insights on the importance of science education during an event on Thursday dubbed Science Matters.

Hundreds of science enthusiasts, educators and students attended the event which was sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and Temple Israel’s Bertie Cohen Memorial “Rabbi’s Invitational Series.”

The lecture, “Why Science Education Matters,” featured conversations on the importance of science education and the recommitment of the entire community to elevating science in the classroom. 

“As a state educational system, we recognize the important role science plays as we strive to develop students who can compete with their counterparts across the world,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “This lecture is just one way we can bring science to the forefront and generate statewide support for the expansion of science initiatives.”

Greene has authored multiple books including Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestseller, “The Elegant Universe.” The book introduces readers to string theory, general relativity and quantum mechanics. His books have appeared on The New York Times best-seller list, including his second title, “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” which has been converted into a miniseries for PBS.

“Brian Greene never fails to energize and inspire people with his love for science and the importance of science education,” said Rabbi James Cohn of Temple Israel. “As he puts it so beautifully, ‘Science isn't a subject.  It's a perspective.’"

Green has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Nightline." He co-founded the World Science Festival, an annual event that brings science to the general public. Greene is currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Columbia University.

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