Brian Greene

Brian Greene ( born February 9, 1963 in New York City ) is an American physicist who works in the field of string theory.


Greene attended Stuyvesant High School in New York and studied from 1980 at Harvard University. He earned his doctorate in 1987 at Oxford University with a Rhodes Scholarship and was from 1990 to 1996 a member of the physics faculty of Cornell University, where in 1995 he became professor. Since 1996 he has been professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University in New York. In Columbia Greene is Deputy Director of the University Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics ( ISCAP ).

Greene is married to Tracy Day.

Brian Greene is one of the founders of the mirror symmetry (English Mirror Symmetry ).

By David R. Morrison, Paul Aspinwall and Andrew Strominger, he showed that the topology of Calabi -Yau manifolds (which occur in string theory ) can Conifold at point ( a singular point in the moduli space ) change.

The general public he was through his books The Elegant Universe and The stuff of the universe is known.

In the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory, he made ​​a guest appearance in the twentieth episode of the fourth season. He plays there himself during a presentation of his book The Hidden Reality.

Works (selection)

Popular Scientific

  • Brian Greene: The stuff of the cosmos: space, time and the nature of reality, settlers, Munich 2004 (born ); Pantheon, Munich 2006 ( paperback ); Goldmann, Munich 2008 ( Paperback ). ISBN 3-442-15487-1.
  • Brian Greene: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate formula, settlers, Munich 2000 (born ), ISBN 3-88680-699-5; Goldmann, Munich 2005 ( Paperback ), ISBN 978-3-442-15374-9
  • Brian Greene: Icarus at the abyss of time, Fischer ( S. ), Frankfurt 2010 (born ), ISBN 978-3-10-025306-4
  • Brian Greene: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Knopf, New York 2011 (born ), ISBN 978-0-307-26563-0


  • Brian R. Greene: D- Brane Topology Changing Transitions. Nucl. Phys. B525 (1998) 284-296.
  • Michael R. Douglas, Brian R. Greene, David R. Morrison: orbifold resolution by D- branes. Nucl.Phys. B506 (1997) 84-106.
  • Brian R. Greene, David R. Morrison, Andrew Strominger: Black Hole Condensation and the Unification of String Vacua. Nucl.Phys. B451 (1995) 109-120.
  • P. S. Aspinwall, B.R. Greene, D. R. Morrison: Calabi - Yau Moduli Space, Mirror Manifolds and Spacetime Topology Change in String Theory. Nucl.Phys. B416 (1994) 414-480.
  • BR Greene and MR Plesser: Duality in Calabi - Yau moduli space. In: Nuclear Physics B. 338, No. 1, 1990, pp. 15-37. doi: 10.1016/0550-3213 (90) 90622- K. Accessed on 20 March 2010.