Nova’s ‘Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives’ finds Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the band EELS, on a quest to get to know his later father,
quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics. The film follows Mark on his journey across America, where he meets old friends and colleagues of his father. Hugh died of a heart attack in his home in 1982, where his body was found by 19-year-old Mark. Even though they had lived in the same house, the two of them were alienated. Only by entering the paradoxical world of quantum mechanics can Mark hope to understand why he was such a stranger to his own father.