Scientists as Hollywood heroes

November 13, 2014 11:00 AM

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Scientists as Hollywood heroes

Interstellar’s protagonists spend a significant portion of the movie’s 169-minute running time giving mini-lectures – sometimes with props and a little whiteboard – on theoretical physics.

The characters describe esoteric cosmological concepts such as how a wormhole allows space travelers to take a cosmic shortcut. They explain how a feature of relativity known as time dilation means time passes more slowly in the presence of a black hole and its massive gravitational pull. And they s...

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