Event to examine explosions in the movies
October 7, 2013
The first installment of the Science in the Movies series, “Duck and Cover! This place is about to blow: explosions in the movies,” takes place 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall, located on South Clay Street immediately north of Freesen Football Field on the MacMurray College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Looking at a half dozen movie clips depicting antimatter to exploding toilets, the event will use the laws of science to look at the explosions in such blockbusters as Die Hard, Angels and Demons, Lethal Weapon 2 and others. Dr. Joanne Budzien, assistant professor of physics at MacMurray College, will also explain the chances of being in an explosion, what’s necessary to survive, and realism of the explosions in the film clips.
The Science in the Movies film series continues one Sunday a month through the academic year and examines Hollywood’s depictions of car chases, aliens, monsters, space travel and more. How realistic are they? The series will seek to answer that question by applying the laws of physics and the natural sciences to the silver screen.