From Star Trek Into Darkness to the upcoming Elysium, the multiplexes are packed with sci-fi this summer—and where there’s science fiction, there’s usually a healthy dose of science fact. What does science have to say about the Man of Steel’s superstrength? Could any known virus cause World War Z’s zombie plague? And how close are we to warp speed anyway?
Join us on Thursday, 20 June, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT for a Google Hangout discussion of what this summer’s Hollywood blockbusters get right and wrong about science.
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James Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. His research spans from the nano to the neuro, studying electronic properties of nanostructured semiconductors and fluctuation phenomena in neurological systems. He is the author of The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.
Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, specializing in cosmology and field theory. His books include From Eternity to Here and The Particle at the End of the Universe.
E. Paul Zehr
E. Paul Zehr is professor of neuroscience and kinesiology, author and martial artist at the University of Victoria. His books (Becoming Batman, Inventing Iron Man, and coming in 2014 Project Batgirl) use superheroes as metaphors for popularizing science.