Physics in the Movies This Week

Today is a big day for people interested in seeing science in the movies, with two films where physics plays a prominent role opening.

Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and featuring some major Hollywood stars, is a science fiction film based in what looks like the near future and involves (as one might expect) interstellar travel. It obviously will likely take liberties with the science involved since anything involving interstellar travel is highly speculative. However, it has retired Caltech professor Kip Thorne as a consultant and executive producer, so even though it is a sci-fi movie, it may be a bit more realistic than most.

There’s also the Theory of Everything, a biopic about Stephen Hawking, who is probably the most famous physicist alive today.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, both are getting pretty good reviews.

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  1. We cannot tell when the discoveries will be made that open up entire new fields, just like we cannot predict in advance, nor control who will make the discoveries. Our journey forward in time cannot be controlled.

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