Exploring the Philosophy of ‘Interstellar': Why Is the Universe Like This?

‘Interstellar,’ the new science fiction film, is rightly praised for its adherence to the real science of black holes, wormholes, extra dimensions and time travel. Moreover, promoting frontier concepts of cosmology builds public appreciation of real science. Successful entertainment need not be all escapist and unscientific like, say, magic (‘Harry Potter’) and fantasy (‘Transformers,’ ‘X-men’).

It goes deeper. Can grasping the exotic nature of reality approach bigger issues of meaning and purpose (if there be any)? What’s it all about? Perhaps the philosophy of ‘Interstellar,’ as well as its science, is worth exploring.

The cutting-edge science comes from Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at Caltech, a global authority on gravitation, general relativity and “the warped side of the universe,” as he likes to say. Kip is an executive producer of the film and his new book, appropriately, is The Science of Interstellar.

Kip stresses “gravitational anomalies” as both changing the course of astronomy and playing a major role in the film. “Gravitational anomalies are a big deal, today and in the past,” he says. “And we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.” In astronomy, gravitational anomalies in Mercury’s orbit were explained by Einstein’s —> Read More Here


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