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The Elegant Universe: Part 1

Season 30 Episode 12 | 52m 55s Video has closed captioning.

"Einstein's Dream," introduces string theory and shows how modern physics—composed of two theories that are ferociously incompatible—reached its schizophrenic impasse: One theory, general relativity, successfully describes big things like stars and galaxies, while another, quantum mechanics, is equally successful at explaining small things like atoms and subatomic particles.

Aired: 10/27/03

Rating: TV-G

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