Sunday, May 17, 2009

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

It was either ironic or good timing that this past week, two articles on Everett's Many Worlds interpretation of QM appeared on arXiv. I've highlighted both here and here. This is because PBS will premier "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" this coming week.

For most of Mark Oliver Everett's life, things didn't add up. Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives follows Mark, better known as E, the lead singer of the rock band EELS, across the country as he attempts to understand the fantastic possibility of parallel universes and unravel the story of his troubled family and the father he never really knew—iconoclastic quantum physicist Hugh Everett III.

In this intelligent and imaginative film, the wry and charismatic Mark takes an emotional journey into his father's life, meeting Hugh's old college friends, colleagues, and admirers. It is only by entering the esoteric world of quantum physics that Mark can hope to gain an understanding of, and more importantly, a connection to the father who was a stranger to him.

It is officially scheduled to air Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT during NOVA, but as they say in TVland, check your local listing.


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