When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping or distorting the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, talks about what science offers to fiction.
In the SciFri Snack: According to physicist Brian Greene, science is rife with emotion. His children’s book, “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” tells the story of a boy who spends an hour at the edge of a black hole -- equivalent to 10,000 years back home. He returns to find his father long dead. The tale made Greene’s son cry -- but maybe that’s ok.
Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Senior Producer