music is math…

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives


A few years ago I stumbled on an interesting BBC documentary following Mark Oliver Everett (better known as the singer and songwriter behind alt-rock band Eels) as he ventures into the life of the father he barely knew.

His father Hugh Everett III was, believe it or not, a brilliantly talented quantum physicist and author of the controversial many worlds interpretation. Everett was largely ignored by the eminent physicists of the day and he sadly died before his theory gained the recognition it has since attained.

While this was all very surprising to me, perhaps the most interesting story is that Mark too had little idea of his father’s brilliance. It is both an intensely interesting and personal documentary.

Sadly there is no DVD (in Europe at least). There is a petition going here, not that anyone will listen.

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