Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World / Edition 1

Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World / Edition 1

by Sidney Perkowitz, S. Perkowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231142803

ISBN-13: 9780231142809

Pub. Date: 12/04/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In this Book, A Scientist and Dedicated Film Enthusiast Discusses the Portrayal of Science in more 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 more recent offerings like The Matrix, War of the Worlds, A Beautiful Mind, and An

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In this Book, A Scientist and Dedicated Film Enthusiast Discusses the Portrayal of Science in more 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 more 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142809
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/04/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: A Personal Note ix

Introduction

1 Looking for Science in the Movies?: Check Out Science Fiction Films First 3

Part I Dangers from Nature

2 Alien Encounters 19

3 Devastating Collisions 49

4 Our Violent Planet 67

Part II Dangers from Ourselves

5 Atoms Unleashed 93

6 Genes and Germs Gone Bad 116

7 The Computers Take Over 142

Part III The Good, The Bad, and The Real

8 Scientists as Heroes, Nerds, and Villains 167

9 Solid Science and Quantum Loopiness: Golden Eagles and Golden Turkeys 196

10 Hollywood Science vs. Real Science 213

Afterword: Finding Real Science in the Movies and Beyond 227

Appendix: Alongside Hollywood Science, There's Popcorn Science 229

Further Reading and Viewing 231

Filmography 239

Acknowledgments 243

Index 245

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