As Robert Bly noted in his book, The Science in Science Fiction, some of the most intriguing scientific ideas have originated not in labs, but in sci-fi books and movies. With Iron Man 2 hitting the screens, Sidney Perkowitz, a physicist at Emory University, talks about whether the science in the new pop movie has any roots in scientific reality – or, for that matter, whether it might inspire any new scientific thinking down the road. He offers his thoughts above. In addition to writing Hollywood Science: Movies, Science and the End of the World, Perkowitz sits on the advisory board of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a National Academy of Sciences program that tries to bring more scientific accuracy to mass market entertainment.
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