Hollywood Science

Posted by Anonymous
on Monday, January 21, 2008

I interviewed physicist Sidney Perkowitz about his book Hollywood Science. This publication looks at more than 100 films throughout cinematic history that have covered scientific topics. Columbia University Press, the publisher, sums up the book as:

Sidney Perkowitz questions how much faith we can put into Hollywood’s depiction of scientists and their work; how accurately these films capture scientific fact and theory; whether cataclysms like our collision with a comet can actually happen; and to what extent these films influence public opinion about science and the future.

Listen to my interview with Perkowitz here.

Do you believe Hollywood’s depictions of scientists, especially physicists and astronomers, have been accurate? What movies have really dropped the ball? What are your favorite sci-fi movies?

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