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Movies for Physics Geeks

August 21, 2009

Many science-fiction films incorporate some ideas from physics and twist them a little bit in their plots. Most of them aren’t true from the point of view of physics, but they are imaginary and entertaining.

Here is the list of top 25 movies for physics geeks composed by Online Engineering Degree. I don’t know how they pick up the list. Among those I have seen, I like October Sky very much. As well as the 2nd place, Apollo 13. No doubt about Star Wars and Star Trek (as in the category of science-fiction film). I also enjoy The Harry Potter Series (physics there?) and The Matrix. Back to the Future Series, Gattaca and The terminator were fun to watch at that time. I often use Spiderman 2 as an example in fusion energy and plasma storage.

Those I haven’t seen: 4, 5, 11, 13, 14 (want to see), 15, 21, 22 & 25.

Top 25 Movies for Physics Geeks

  1. October Sky (1999)
  2. Apollo 13 (1995)
  3. Infinity (1996)
  4. Stargate (1994)
  5. Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (2007)
  6. Deep Impact (1998)
  7. Armageddon (1998)
  8. Star Wars
  9. Star Trek
  10. Wanted (2008)
  11. The Abyss (1989)
  12. Contact (1997)
  13. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  14. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  15. The Right Stuff (1983)
  16. The Harry Potter Series
  17. The Matrix (1999)
  18. Spiderman 2 (2004)
  19. Gattaca (1997)
  20. The Terminator (1984)
  21. The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
  22. Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)
  23. Solaris (2002)
  24. Back to the Future Series (1985, 1989, 1990)
  25. Goldeneye (1995)

(via physicsworld.com blog)

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