Science Goes to the Movies

Dr. Who: Quantum Physicist

Cornell physics professor Dr. Mukund Vengalattore joins us to talk about Dr. Who's Weeping Angels and the strange overlap of quantum reality and science fiction. Dr. Vengalattore explains to Faith and Heather that, on the quantum level time actually runs forward and backwards, and for a rare instance the scientific world becomes "very wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey".
  • program length: 27 minutes
  • episode #204

Friday, April 27 at 2:00 pm on 12.1

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Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films like Interstellar, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, and more. The series encourages lively and informative conversation about concepts, as well as film portrayals of scientists and scientific inquiry, asking if there is real science behind a story, or if a screenwriter made something up. Is science leading dramatic imagination, or does imagination create new science?