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Author Perkowitz, Sidney.

Title Hollywood science [electronic resource] : movies, science, and the end of the world / Sidney Perkowitz.

Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 255 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-237) and index.
Includes filmography: pages 239-242.
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.
Summary "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 faith we can put into Hollywood's depiction of scientists and their work; how accurately these films capture scientific fact and theory; whether cataclysms like our collision with a comet can actually happen; and to what extent these films influence public opinion about science and the future."--Jacket.
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Subject Science fiction films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Science in motion pictures.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780231512398 (electronic bk.)
0231512392 (electronic bk.)