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Scientists call for Interstellar to be shown during lessons

23/06/2015 Kelly
A scientific journal has called for the blockbuster film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons after commending its accuracy.

Scientific papers have been published in the American Journal of Physics (AJP) and in Classical and Quantum Gravity, detailing how researchers gained new insights into black holes as a result of producing the visual effects for the film, BBC News reports.

The motion picture's portrayal of wormholes was also said to be scientifically accurate.

Dr David Jackson, who printed one of the papers in this month's AJP, said: "The physics has been very carefully reviewed by experts and found to be accurate. The publication will encourage physics teachers to show the film in their classes to get across ideas about general relativity."

Kip Thorne, a professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, was one of the film's executive producers. The aim was to incorporate real science into the fabric of the story.

Scientific equations were used to create computer-generated effects for the film, particularly the representation of the supermassive black hole in the film and a wormhole that connects our Solar System to another in a different galaxy.

A new suite of software was developed by visual effects company Double Negative to calculate the way light rays travel across the warped space around the black hole.

The high-resolution images that were produced using the software revealed delicate filigree patterns that had never been observed before.

These raised new scientific questions that prompted a publication in the Institute of Physics journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.

Paul Franklin, the film's visual effects supervisor, said: "What was really exciting was that we were able to show the reality of the Universe was stranger than anything we could imagine."

The film's director, Christopher Nolan, told BBC News that inaccurate science is no longer an option for filmmakers, as consumers have easier access to information via the internet.

He also said he had been inspired by Carl Sagan's popular TV science programme Cosmos when he was younger and that he had felt a responsibility to inspire today's youngsters in the same way.

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