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Hollywood science : movies, science, and the end of the world

Author: Sidney Perkowitz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, a scientist and dedicated film enthusiast discusses the portrayal of science in more than one hundred films, including science fiction, scientific biographies, and documentaries. Beginning with early films like Voyage to the Moon and Metropolis and concluding with more recent offerings like The Matrix, War of the Worlds, A Beautiful Mind, and An Inconvenient Truth, Sidney Perkowitz questions how much  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney Perkowitz
ISBN: 9780231512398 0231512392 9780231142816 0231142811
OCLC Number: 716239364
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: 1 online resource (x, 255 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Looking for science in the movies? Check out science fiction films first --
pt. I: Dangers from nature. Alien encounters ; Devastating collisions ; Our violent planet --
pt. II: Dangers from ourselves. Atoms unleashed ; Genes and germs gone bad ; The computers take over --
pt. III: The good, the bad, and the real. Scientists as heroes, nerds, and villains ; Solid science and quantum loopiness: golden eagles and golden turkeys ; Hollywood science vs. real science --
Afterword: Finding real science in the movies and beyond --
Appendix: Alongside Hollywood science, there's popcorn science.
Responsibility: Sidney Perkowitz.

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Whether depicting humans battling aliens or a brave geologist saving lives as a volcano erupts, science-fiction films are an exciting visual and sensuous introduction to the workings of science and  Read more...

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