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Sci-Fi Science

  1. Apr 10, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.scifiscience.co.uk/index.htm

    From Astronuc. This gives a very brief introduction to Relativity, Chaos, and Superstring Theories, and a few other Sci-Fi Science concepts.
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2005 #2

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    I'm pretty burned-out to try getting technical right now, but I'll for sure be spending a lot of time in this thread once it gets going.
     
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    Ivan, is that Astronuc's homepage?
     
  5. Apr 10, 2005 #4

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    Gotta watch Super Volcano on the Discovery Channel right now...geez, the list is getting longer. I want to check out the thread on alternative energy now in general engineering section, and this...(among other things)...

    It's not that good...I'm already back to GD. :eek:
     
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    Thank you for the link.

    Although I'd much rather have a Sci-Fi show that actually takes science seriously and functions to educate in interesting contexts.
     
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  7. Apr 10, 2005 #6

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    :uhh: Wouldn't it then be called a science documentary rather than science fiction? :wink:
     
  8. Apr 11, 2005 #7

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    They give a very brief summary of the real science behind sci-fi. Also, no, Astronuc ran across this site but wasn't sure where to post it. So he sent it to me.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2005 #8

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    Not if the science is accurate and the circumstances are fictional. You can learn a lot about poisoning from murder mysteries, but it doesn't make them chemistry classes. (Although it didn't go into any real detail, the principle underlying my favourite or second favourite movie is scientifically valid. In fact, you've probably investigated it to some extent. I'm going to put it out to you as a trivia question. Nobody I've asked has ever gotten it. "What's the only science fiction movie in history to win an Oscar for best actor? HINT: It's based upon a novella that became a book before being filmed.) :biggrin:
     
  10. Apr 11, 2005 #9

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    Science Fiction is often the basis for science.
     
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    That's cheating, you bum!:tongue: Trivia questions are meant to test your personal knowledge and associative abilities. You're not allowed to Google during a game of 'Trivial Pursuit'. Anyhow, I did specify the category, and not all of the shows listed there are science fiction. 'Star Wars' for instance is pure fantasy. Likewise, some of the others mentioned should be properly categorized as comedy or horror.

    edit: I'm not going to tell anyone whether or not they're right for at least a week.

    2nd edit: This isn't a thread-jacking. It's just something to think about.
     
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  13. Apr 11, 2005 #12
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    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731772/bio

    This would be my guess, Cliff Robertson for Charly. The only other option for best actor would be Freidrich March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. IT's under Sci-fi in the Oscar list but it could be considered a horror movie. Chemistry can be pretty horrifying.

    My first guess, before I looked it up, was Charlton Heston. He was a big actor and Planet of the Apes was a big movie. It could have been a book for all I know. I'm pretty sure books have been made of it, but I don't know if they came before or after the movie.

    What was the question?
    Huck
     
  14. Apr 11, 2005 #13

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    What gets me is how accomplished scientists, especially from NASA, will cite shows like Star Trek [in particular] as an inspiration for their career. There is one scientist that I saw interviewed recently. I don't know his name but he led one of the deep space efforts that used ion propulsion. He can still cite the dialogue from the ST episode that introduced him to the IP concept.
     
  15. Apr 11, 2005 #14

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    Well, based on the science fair entries I was judging last weekend, I'd say that in the absence of Star Trek, the next generation of scientists are going to be heavily inspired by CSI! There were a number of "forensics" themed experiments that the kids explained as, "I was watching CSI, and they did this, and I was wondering if it really works." I wonder if the local butchers were puzzled as to why a bunch of kids were suddenly asking for blood. :bugeye:
     
  16. Apr 11, 2005 #15

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    Exactly. It's getting late (for me)--I'm trying to think who--but wasn't H.G. Wells an example of this where many concepts of imagination have become reality...?
     
  17. Apr 11, 2005 #16

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    No kidding. One might think some cult has moved into town. We had a problem with a small group of Satan worshipers around here for a time. Numerous requests for blood would probably draw some serious attention. :biggrin:
     
  18. Apr 11, 2005 #17

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    Big gin huh? Has SOS been slipping you martinis over there too?

    (Speaking of green apple martinis...where has Tsu been hiding?)
     
  19. Apr 11, 2005 #18

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    My left index finger left the room for a moment.

    Stressing over redecorating/remodeling. We have a lot to do between now and September, and she is busy picking colors, paints, cabinets, etc. etc. etc. My turn next. I even have to move the stinking wall!!! :grumpy:

    Also, spring is here. So if she's not at Home Depot or looking at fixtures, she's gardening. So it may be a while yet. :biggrin:
     
  20. Apr 11, 2005 #19

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    Or is Ivan still trying to hide his involvement in the cat shavings...

    Yeah, where has Tsu been? *hiccup*
     
  21. Apr 11, 2005 #20

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    Whoohoo! Then it'll be time for a BBQ!
     
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