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I really like this movie; it’s the closest any feature presentation has come to showing what the life of an astronomer is really like. That’s probably because the movie is based on a novel written by the eminent astrophysicist Carl … Continue reading

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Ch. 24 of “Bad Astronomy” (available online through the library)

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“Fat Man and Little Boy” and “Gojira”

Thematically, this week’s double feature deals with the morality of having scientists design and build weapons of mass destruction. Many scientists who do this hide behind one of the moral shields presented in “Fat Man and Little Boy”: the scientists … Continue reading

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pp. 225-230 Don’t Try This at Home; Ch. 5 of Hollywood Science

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The Day After Tomorrow

There is plenty of bad physics in this movie, enough that we could make an assignment of just trying to find as many examples as we can. However, there is a deeper issue in the movie – that of global … Continue reading

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pp. 130-143 Don’t Try This at Home; Ch. 17 ISMP

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Ch. 14 ISMP

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Wonder Woman

As far as backstories go, I find “Wonder Woman” to be one of the most compelling and enjoyable movie adaptations, on par with “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight.” Gal Gadot is fantastic. How many women could take on the … Continue reading

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Ch. 4 Don’t Try This at Home; Ch. 15 ISMP

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Homework

Assignment: 1. Reanalyze one of the scenes from “Eraser” where someone fires a railgun. This time, treat it as an impulse problem to figure out how much force the gun would exert on the shooter when fired. 2. Calculate the … Continue reading

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