Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Update: We have updated with video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the scientific accuracy of Interstellar.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in the past, and in particular, some of the film’s scientific inaccuracies. He even narrated a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. So what did Tyson think of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar? The Cosmos host took to twitter to praise some of the film’s ambitions and scientific accuracy. Hit the jump to read the Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar comments.
First of all, Tyson was quick to remind his followers that his tweets should not be considered a review or even an opinion:
“REMINDER: Never look to me for opinions on new films. All I do is highlight the science one might or might not find in them.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar Comments
Update: Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on CBS News to talk about the scientific accuracy of Interstellar. Here is the video:
Here is a list of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s comments on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, each of which are prefixed with “In Interstellar…” (WARNING: potential spoilers for Interstellar follow)
- Experience Einstein’s Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown.
- Experience Einstein’s Curvature of Space as no other feature film has shown.
- Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true, whether or not you believe in them.
- And in the real universe, strong gravitational fields measurably slow passage of time relative to others. GPS satellites, located farther from Earth’s center than we are, keep faster time than do our clocks on Earth’s surface. GPS Satellites are pre-corrected for General Relativity, allowing them to beam us the accurate time for Earth’s surface.
- You enter a 3-Dimensional portal in space. Yes, you can fall in from any direction. Yes, it’s a Worm Hole.
- The producers knew exactly how, why, & when you’d achieve zero-G in space.
- You observe great Tidal Waves from great Tidal Forces, of magnitude that orbiting a Black Hole might create
- All leading characters, including McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, & Caine play a scientist or engineer. Of the leading characters (all of whom are scientists or engineers) half are women. Just an FYI.
- They reprise the matched-rotation docking maneuver from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but they spin 100x faster.
- On another planet, around another star, in another part of the galaxy, two guys get into a fist fight.
- There’s a robot named KIPP. One of the Executive Producers, a physicist, is named Kip. I’m just saying.
- If you didn’t understand the physics, try Kip Thorne’s highly readable Bbook “The Science of Interstellar”. If you didn’t understand the plot, there is no published book to help you.
- They explore a planet near a Black Hole. Personally, I’d stay as far the hell away from BlackHoles as I can.
And speaking of getting to close to a Black Hole, Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about this topic in 2008:
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