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What happens when nerds get a hold of movie cameras

Two articles from Popular Science Magazine feature the combination of science and visual story-telling.

The first is an article looking at the physics behind the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight.” Usually I find this type of critical analysis of fictional stories extremely annoying (it’s a movie, people!), but considering that the article’s author Adam Weiner actually found most of the movie’s action “tricks” to be plausible, I’m okay with it.

The second article is about this Fall’s T.V. line-up of science/technology/overall geek-themed television shows. Now these shows are (hopefully) not based on fictional story-lines, and probably don’t have a whole lot of artistic merit to them, but I like the idea that a) scientists and educators are truly embracing the medium of television beyond NOVA specials and Sesame Street, and b) that television producers have realized that science sells.

One show not mentioned in the article is “Time Warp” featuring MIT Media Lab veteran Jeff Lieberman, whose research focus is on human perception (important to all of us who want to understand exactly WHY we all think Picasso looks cool). It will debut on Discovery Channel in October. I don’t buy cable, so I will have to visit a friend’s house to watch it and let you know what I think. If you see if before I do, let me know your opinions of the show, or any of the new T.V. shows.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.