Hollywood Science: Good for Hollywood, Bad for Science?

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Title: Hollywood Science: Good for Hollywood, Bad for Science?
Alternative Title: Hollywood Science
Author: Perkowitz, Sidney
Abstract: There’s plenty of science in Hollywood’s science fiction and superhero films, but how much of it is real and how much is pure Hollywood? It’s hard to tell because these films often amp up a meaningful scientific premise to enhance reality, improve dramatic impact, or support stunning special effects. Examples include superhuman powers arising from favorable mutations, human clones used for spare body parts, and breakthroughs like intelligent robots, fusion power, and faster-than-light space travel. Dr. Perkowitz will show clips from a variety of science fiction films and examples from his book Hollywood Science to illustrate differences and connections between real science and Hollywood science.
Description: Presented on October 5, 2010, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Student Success Center, Clary Theater on the Georgia Tech campus. The Georgia Tech Honors Program welcomed Dr. Sidney Perkowitz, Professor of Physics at Emory University, who presented a talk on "Hollywood Science: Good for Hollywood, Bad for Science?" Runtime: 58:41 minutes
Type: Lecture
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/35130
Date: 2010-10-05
Contributor: Emory University
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Film
Hollywood
Movies
Science
Science fiction

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