Eric Poisson is a professor of physics at the University of Guelph.
The Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
We physicists can count ourselves lucky these days. We enjoy an unprecedented presence in popular culture, having central characters in today’s most popular sitcom (The Big Bang Theory) and two recent high-profile movies, Interstellar (previously reviewed for CQG+ by Richard Price) and the subject of this review, The Theory of Everything. Science has become cool. Let’s enjoy this while it lasts!
The Theory of Everything relates the life of today’s most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking. The movie focuses mostly on Stephen’s relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking, whose book “Travelling to Infinity” provided the basis for Continue reading
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CQG has never published a movie review before. It is therefore with appropriate humility that I offer a review of Interstellar. This scifi epic wins the historic honor because it lists a physicist, Kip Thorne, as an executive producer, and is advertised as based on his theories. Indeed, the movie plot and graphics do involve ideas of relativity in very important ways.
In the spirit of disclosure I state, right up front, that I am not a fan of science fiction, but am a fan of Kip Thorne; like many of his former students I have remained a friend. My fan/antifan biases should cancel and leave me to do the objective job that a scientist is expected to do.
This is not, of course, a review for the general public. CQG is seldom found in the waiting room of dentists. If you Continue reading