Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World




      Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World
Whether depicting humans battling aliens or a brave geologist saving lives as a volcano erupts, science fiction films are an exciting visual and sensuous introduction to the workings of science and technology These films explore a range of complex topics in vivid and accessible ways, from space travel and laser technology to genetic engineering, global warming, and the consequences of nuclear weaponry Though actual scientific lab work might not be as exciting, science fiction is an engaging yet powerful way for a wide audience to explore some of the most pressing issues and ideas of our time.In this book, a scientist and dedicated film enthusiast discusses the portrayal of science in than one hundred films, including science fiction, scientific biographies, and documentaries Beginning with early films like Voyage to the Moon and Metropolis and concluding with recent offerings like The Matrix, War of the Worlds, A Beautiful Mind, and An Inconvenient Truth, 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.Movies, especially science fiction films, temporarily remove viewers from the world as they know it and show them the world as it might be, providing special perspective on human nature and society Yet Hollywood science can be erroneous, distorting fact for dramatic effect and stereotyping scientists as remote and nerdy, evil, or noble, doing little to improve the relationship between science and society Bringing together history, scientific theory, and humorous observation, Hollywood Science features dozens of film stills and a list of the all time best and worst science fiction movies Just as this genre appeals to all types of viewers, this book will resonate with anyone who has been inspired by science fiction films and would like to learn how fantasy compares to fact. Download Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World Author Sidney Perkowitz – bluevapours.co.uk

Sidney Perkowitz is Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University Author of many research papers and books, hes also written the popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science which have been translated into six languages and Braille articles for the LA Times, Washington Post, and other outlets the stage works Albert Isadora, Friedmann s Balloon and Glory Enough, presented in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago and the screenplay The Second Obsession He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC, and elsewhere Sidney Perkowitz is Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University Author of many research papers and books, hes also written the popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science which have been translated into six languages and Braille articles for the LA Times, Washington Post, and other outlets the stage works Albert Isadora, Friedmann s Balloon and Glory Enough, presented in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago and the screenplay The Second Obsession He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC, and elsewhere Sidney Perkowitz is Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University Author of many research papers and books, hes also written the popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science which have been translated into six languages and Braille articles for the LA Times, Washington Post, and other outlets the stage works Albert Isadora, Friedmann s Balloon and Glory Enough, presented in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago and the screenplay The Second Obsession He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC, and elsewhere.

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  • Hardcover
  • 255 pages
  • Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World
  • Sidney Perkowitz
  • English
  • 06 November 2018
  • 0231142803

10 thoughts on “ Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World

  1. Quinn says:

    Very entertaining Nice conversational style.

  2. Kelly says:

    It s a good idea to see most of the movies discussed in this book before reading it Like a good scientist, the author succinctly lays out the entire plot of each movie he references while somewhat tedious, this proves to be a refreshing and necessary departure from typical pop culture cinematic writing It s also nice to read about movies from the perspective of someone who isn t professionally inclined to wax poetic in incomprehensible riffs of purple, jargon filled prose On the downside, It s a good idea to see most of the movies discussed in this book before reading it Like a good scientist, the author succinctly lays out the entire plot of each movie he references while somewhat tedious, this proves to be a refreshing and necessary departure from typical pop culture cinematic writing It s also nice to read about movies from the perspective of someone who isn t professionally inclined to wax poetic in...

  3. David Rosen says:

    Hollywood Science book catalogues movies influence on scientific beliefsThe table of contents tells 99% of the story Part I Dangers from Nature Part II Dangers from Ourselves So does Sidney Perkowitz, physics professor at Emory University, begin his tour of science s portrayal in the movies in his book, Hollywood Science Why is this topic important Well, as Perkowitz point out, only about one in 300 Americans is a scientist So your chances of running int Hollywood Science book catalogues movies influence on scientific beliefsThe table of contents tells 99% of the story Part I Dangers from Nature Part II Dangers from Ourselves So does Sidney Perkowitz, physics professor at Emory University, begin his tour of science s portrayal in the movies in his book, Hollywood Science Why is this topic important W...

  4. Dana says:

    This book is largely a list of science fiction works that measures them up against real life science I was reading it as research for an article about the portrayal of scientists in science fiction literature and there is virtually no analysis in here at all so it was essentially useless to me for those purposes That said, the examples listed and the scientific topics explored were interesting Each chapter is basically a presentation of quotes and plots from movies followed by how realistic t This book is largely a list of science fiction works that measures them up against real life science I was reading it as research for an article about the portrayal of scientists in science fiction literature and there is virtually no analysis in here at all so it was essentially useless to me for those purposes That said, the examples listed and the scientific topics explored were interesting Each chapter is basically a presentat...

  5. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides says:

    Not bad actually, pretty good It wasa what specific movies get wrong and right than a things movies generally get wrong I was slightly disappointed that the section where the author mentioned women scientists didn t mention the one from Them Especially since the movie was mentioned earlier surely a female scientist in a movie made in 1954 is comment worthy But that s a minor nitpick, and the section about what scientists are like was good and insightful enough to make up for it Not bad...

  6. Rod says:

    Pretty good treatment of the relationship between Hollywood s description of science and the real thing Amusing discussion on the mad scientist meme.Warning book contains spoilers, but most of these movies are well know anyway.

  7. Darla Stokes says:

    This was okay, as far as it goes It basically takes a handful of movies and discusses how well actual science and scientists are portrayed I think I ve been spoiled by Nerdist.com s Because Science.

  8. whit says:

    A few interesting tidbits of movie history and science Not as fun a read as I d hoped, but worth re reading someday.

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