May 4, 2018
"Jedi Physics" with Dr. Albert Gapud will be followed by a FREE viewing of “Return of the Jedi” in the IMAX theater. Albert Gapud, Ph.D., University of South Alabama, Department of Physics General admission is $10 for adults or children. Member admission pricing is $8 for adults or children. Please purchase tickets in advance. These events are limited capacity and typically sell out in advance. Costumes (family friendly) highly encouraged! In a time when most science fiction movies have been striving towards more accurate physics, with scientist consultants on the payroll, the Star Wars movies by contrast seem to remain resolutely unhampered by such concerns. Not surprisingly, several books, blogs, articles, and YouTube channels have picked apart the blockbuster saga. Is there any physics that Star Wars actually portrayed correctly? This is the question which is explored by Dr. Gapud, from the point of view of both physics professor and self-proclaimed veteran Star Wars fan. Surprisingly, there are in fact a few physics concepts from the Star Wars lore, which turn out to be not that far-fetched; in fact, some are fairly possible – even factual.
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