What happens when Hollywood visual effects wizards brainstorm with a legendary physics wiz? Well, in the case of Interstellar , the result is a groundbreaking new look at our universe. Director Christopher Nolan (Inception reviewed by F2F) and famed scientist Kip Thorne wanted a realistic representation of how black holes and wormholes behave, requiring complex computer models (that ate up hundreds of hours of rendering time). Thorne delivered a slew of theoretical equations to the Vis FX team at Double Negative, who transformed them into accurate computer simulations. Subsequently, the images became valuable new tools for physicists to study. Thorne also wrote two new scientific papers: one for the astrophysics community and one for the computer graphics community. Fiction assisted fact and vice versa.
|Nolan (left) and Thorne (right) discuss big science ideas|
|Thorne's depiction of how black hole distorts light|
|Dust storm circa 1935|
But the crux of the saga depends on viewers to believe Mankind might find salvation through incredibly lengthy journeys through a wormhole --shortcuts to other galaxies-- that stem from Einstein's theory of relativity. Some critics believe it would be impossible for humans to travel through them if they existed. F2F wanted to learn more and discovered several websites that attempt to explain much of this science behind the fiction. But quite frankly, we don't have Phd's, so we'll reference a neat video here (thanks to qa-nature.com. ) and another site here.
|Black Hole in Interstellar|
|Wormhole in Interstellar|
Other films featuring wormholes and black holes:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Black Hole
More info on Interstellar here and here.