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Concepts for the conceptualess,
This review is from: Nova: Elegant Universe [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Depending where you are coming from and where you are going to, there is something for everyone. There are people that keep up with the latest information on the universe; for those people this is a great program to show where the public is. It also is nice to have what you already know restated so you can look at it from a different angle. For people that slept through school or attended in the Stone Age this is may be a shocker for the last time you looked. Then there are people that see this as a wakeup call for the first time.
The program is designed to give you basic information about the latest theories on how the universe works and goes beyond Einstein to attempt to tie all the theories up into a single elegant bundle (Superstrings.)
The visuals help and having a different media allows one to retain information better. However the format leaves something to be desired. The redundancy goes beyond reinforcing to boredom. The sound byte format of leaping from one person to another, when it is just as possible to stay with one person for a completed thought, is like watching a used car commercial. Any one concept could be a whole program in it's self (and probably is.) They show a formula and say "here it is"; then two seconds later it is gone and they are off on another subject.
In any event you will not look at the universe in the same old way.