Sunday, November 30, 2014

Building with Tinkertoys

On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being absolutely completely not plausable, 10 being very realistic....
Neil deGrasse Tyson gives "Interstellar" an 8 or 9... because they had a "real" science advisor.

Hell, I give science documentaries a 4 when they are good. :) "First get your facts straight, then distort them at your leisure," says Tyson. Oh myyyy. Researchers, of course, have no observational factual evidence for wormholes so getting the "facts" straight would be a fail here even before their distortion. I like a good science fiction story, but alas, fiction is fiction. The marketing gimmick here seems to be that the film is scientifically accurate. Sigh.

The worst part about this interview is where Tyson takes "facts" and distorts them at his leisure. where he is describing wormholes as if there is no question they exist but we do not have the technology to create them. Theory is used as fact to then describe the ancient science fiction idea of a warp drive. "Paper folded" .... was that Einstein or actually Asimov, or Clarke or one of their contemporaries? No scientist has ever seen a wormhole nor is there any conclusive physical evidence wormholes are anything but a mathematical possibility or perhaps improbability.

The best that can be said: "Researchers have no observational evidence for wormholes, but the equations of the theory of general relativity have valid solutions that contain wormholes. Because of its robust theoretical strength, a wormhole is one of the great physics metaphors for teaching general relativity." Where is the "fact" ? Even general relativity is a theory in all likelyhood to be proven wrong later like a great percentage of previous scientific theories. SMH.