In DepthSCIENCE AND CULTURE

The theoretical physicist behind Interstellar

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Science  14 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6211, pp. 800-801
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6211.800

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The science-fiction movie Interstellar, which opened last week, boasts not just a compelling storyline and dazzling special effects but also an impeccable scientific pedigree. The man who inspired the film and kept a close eye on its scientific fidelity is Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical predictions of general relativity. In an interview with Science, Thorne talks about his vision for a movie built around the "warped side" of physics, figuring out what could go wrong with Earth, the wonder of special effects, and the material strength of ice.