What it means to be a theoretical astrophysicist

Humanity’s passion for discovery has been exemplified by scientists and philosophers like Galileo and Einstein. But how have their scientific ideas shaped our understanding of the cosmos today? Theoretical physicist and Yale University professor, Priyamvada Natarajan, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the scientific theories and how they gain acceptance.

Science through narrative

For one physicist, making science accessible to a wider public is a personal mission. Brian Greene stresses the importance of breaking down abstract ideas into ordinary language, as well as weaving them into both thrilling and engaging narratives. Greene turns to the classic Greek tale of Icarus to unravel Einstein’s theory of relativity.