The Mind-bending Physics Behind Interstellar, with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Christopher Nolan

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Most of us are aware of the concept of time travel. In any case, it appears almost everywhere in our science fiction. There are as well a lot of giant and powerful black holes. From Star Trek to Doctor Who to Star Wars, science fiction is jam-packed with things that comes between actuality and imagination. But where does one should actually stop and the other begin? As it turns out, physics is a bit foggy, and from time to time it is a rather tough to draw a perfect line in the sand. Take one of the most recent box office successes, Interstellar. Just how precise is the physics in this movie? As it turns out, quite precise. Although it would be a bit of an expanse to say that every part of Interstellar was 100 percent scientifically correct, most of the movie was scientifically conceivable.

Certainly, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar summonses scientific critique. They called upon theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, to assist as a script adviser and executive producer on the film, and they also issued a companion tome, The Science of Interstellar, clarifying many of the scientific ideas used in the movie. Here, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues about the science behind the film with Nolan. Go on a journey to discover some of the most motivating ideas in physics:

“Explore Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the math that supports the possibility of time travel, the physics of wormholes and the practicality of warping space-time. Learn why clocks tick faster on the ISS and GPS satellites than they do here on Earth, why neutron stars have powerful magnetic fields, and why hydrogen appears twice on the periodic table. Plus, Neil recites his poem about falling into a black hole, and Bill Nye “rants” about why there’s no place like home, not even on an exoplanet or Mars.”
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