Season 36, Episode 3 Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

First Aired: October 21, 2008

Eels lead singer Mark Oliver Everett investigates the father he barely knew: quantum physicist Hugh Everett III (1930-82), who formulated the Many Worlds Theory (which postulated the existence of parallel universes) in 1957. Although barely noticed at the time, the theory has since been embraced by both science fiction and scientists, including MIT physicist Max Tegmar. As his son learns, that initial rejection devastated Everett III, and spurred him to leave the field of quantum physics.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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