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May 23, 2004

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Yes, I'm afraid the movie will come and go without much fanfare at all. I saw it last night. The house was loosely packed - about twenty curious souls.

If I had to describe the movie to someone, I might say it is a wacky version of "Mindwalk". Same sort of thing with a more "let's take it and run" attitude.

I enjoyed the movie very much.

We saw the movie in Tempe, AZ last night and there was not an empty seat in the house. I heard one woman had been back 13 times. We had heard that we should be there an hour early to get tickets for the 4:20 PM showing. Sure enough, there was a long line waiting to get in.

The movie is great and I have already suggested it as a must see to many people. It may be a bit much for some people. It was well done. We are going back for more!!

Well, I was too cheap and skeptical to pay for theatre tickets, so I watched it when it came out of DVD. The "extras" on the flip side were very interesting to say the least. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, I did have to watch it more than once to try and piece things together and I do wish more things were explained in greater detail, but all in all, I believe it is well worth watching. I grew up in the Portland metro area, so, was very thrilled to see so much of it in the movie. I heard from a friend of mine that it was actually sold out at the Bagdad theatre for weeks!
My husband wasn't as impressed with the movie as I was, which I found totally bizarre as he is a Discovery Channel and OPB/PBS buff!!! I THOUGHT he would be interested in it because he's so interested in the string theory, but, according to him, quantum physics and the string theory have nothing to do w/ one another- what do I know?

Laura, has your husband read Brian Greene's book, "The Fabric of the Cosmos"? His chapter, "The World on a String," describes how superstring theory relates to quantum physics.

The big problem in finding a Theory of Everything is relating the continuous space and time of relativity theory/gravity with the discontinous nature of quantum physics.

Greene says, "The main new feature of string theory is that its basic ingredient is not a point particle--a dot of no size--but instead is an object that has spatial extent. The difference is the key to string theory's success in merging gravity and quantum mechanics."

Philosophically, or spiritually, what I find intriguing about string theory is that it seems to represent the first physical manifestation of Many from One. The space-time continuum of Einstein is just that, one continuous entity. Strings mysteriously emerge from that oneness.

I like Greene's words on p. 374: "The [string] theory intimates that the familiar notions of space and time do not extend into the sub-Planckian [very, very small] realm, which suggests that space and time as we currently understand them may be mere approximations to more fundamental concepts that still await our discovery."

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