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

Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World
Author: Sidney Perkowitz
ISBN 13: 9780231142816
ISBN 10: 231142811
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $23.95

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. Bringing together history, scientific theory, and humorous observation, Hollywood Science features dozens of film stills and a list of the all-time best and worst science-fiction movies.