EXHIBITS: Science on Screen

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Science  26 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5739, pp. 1307
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5739.1307d

Whether the character is Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. No, or Mr. Spock, scientists and mathematicians typically appear on TV and in film as megalomaniacs or maladjusted superbrains. Breaking those stereotypes is the goal of Science Cinémathèque, hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. The exhibit, which premiered this week, explores more complex portrayals of research and researchers in popular culture. For example, you can screen eight prizewinning student films with scientific themes, including a short biopic on the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865), who demonstrated the importance of hygiene in hospitals. Other features include a panel discussion of the 2004 film Primer, about garage inventors who build a time machine.


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