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Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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 technology. These films explore a range of complex topics in vivid and accessible ways, from space travel and laser technology to genetic engineering, global warming, and the co ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kelly
It's a good idea to see most of the movies discussed in this book before reading it. Like a good scientist, the author succinctly lays out the entire plot of each movie he references: while somewhat tedious, this proves to be a refreshing (and necessary) departure from typical pop-culture/cinematic writing. It's also nice to read about movies from the perspective of someone who isn't professionally inclined to wax poetic in incomprehensible riffs of purple, jargon-filled prose.

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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Feb 02, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: scientists and movie geeks
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: spotted it in a HPB
Not bad — actually, pretty good. It was more a "what specific movies get wrong and right" than a "things movies generally get wrong." I was slightly disappointed that the section where the author mentioned women scientists didn't mention the one from Them! Especially since the movie was mentioned earlier — surely a female scientist in a movie made in 1954 is comment-worthy? But that's a minor nitpick, and the section about what scientists are like was good and insightful enough to make up for it ...more
Rod
Sep 25, 2008 Rod rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: science
Pretty good treatment of the relationship between Hollywood's description of science and the real thing. Amusing discussion on the "mad scientist" meme.

Warning: book contains spoilers, but most of these movies are well know anyway.

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Sidney Perkowitz is Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University. Author of many research papers and books, hes also written the popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science which have been translated into six languages and Braille; articles for the LA Times, Washington Post, and other outlets; the stage works Albert & Isadora, Friedmann's Bal ...more
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