Undergraduate: Lunch with Brian Greene

March 3, 2014 · 12:00-1:00PM

Columbia University, Pupin Hall, Room 831

  • Brian Greene, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought hosted a discussion with Professor Brian Greene of Columbia University on a variety of topics, including but not limited to his experiences as a member in the global scientific community and how science fits within the broader theme of globalization.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions.

Lunch will be provided!

The event is open to all undergraduate students (CC/ SEAS/ BC/ GS)

The Undergraduate Committee is an opportunity for Columbia’s undergraduate students to gain access to distinguished scholars and practitioners, from the Columbia community and beyond, whose work brings them to the forefront of global trends. The CGT faculty hope to encourage Columbia undergraduates to engage issues and consider broad and interdisciplinary solutions and methodologies in addressing them.


Brian Greene is a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University.  He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1984 and his doctorate from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to the position of full professor in 1995, and in 1996 he joined Columbia University as a professor of physics and of mathematics. Professor Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry, which launched a vibrant field of research in physics and mathematics, and also the discovery of topology change, which showed that unlike Einstein’s General Relativity, in string theory the fabric of space can tear apart. Professor Greene is the co-founder and director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, a research center seeking string theory’s implications for theories of cosmology.