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Sean Carroll’s guide to making better science movies

25 Jul 2014

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many bad science-fiction films, you’re not alone. But Sean Carroll is one of the few physicists who’s actually trying to do something about it, by helping Hollywood producers in his role as science adviser

Carroll, who’s a cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, has worked on films such as Thor, Avengers Assemble and TRON: Legacy. In this podcast, he talks to Physics World about what makes a good science-fiction film and why getting accurate science doesn’t mean ruining a story line. Carroll also discusses his role on TV’s The Big Bang Theory and reveals which character on the show he thinks he resembles most.

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