Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Don't Try This at Home!: The Physics of Hollywood Movies

Hollywood movies seems to be getting quite a bashing lately with their bad physics. First was the article that recently got quite a bit of publicity describing their unlimited fun, but limited science literacy. Now comes a book, written by California high school physics teacher Adam Weiner, describing more of the unrealistic situations in major movies.

A sample: If, in the original Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, poor old granddad really did float to the ceiling after drinking an extra-carbonated beverage, the bubbles should technically have swollen him to a sphere about 15 feet wide.


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