Iron Man: The Science in Science Fiction

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.

Thanks Nicole for the tip on this one.

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  • Pete says:

    I think art is always ahead of science to some degree. It takes a certain kind of vision to dream up what man should be doing next and science is applied to that once it has a specific goal to work towards.

  • hups says:

    Oooo! hyper high tech to fix the micro to the jacket ;-)

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