Hollywood's Interstellar Movie Should Be Taught In Schools Scientists Say

Physicists are urging schools to use the movie Interstellar to teach students the science underlying general relative theory.

Papers published in the American Journal of Physics and in Classical and Quantum Gravity highlighted the accuracy of the film's portrayal of wormholes following a scientific review of the movie's physics.

Dr David Jackson who printed one of the papers said that publishing this paper was a "no brainer".

"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."

Director Christopher Nolan greeted the news from the physics community with pleasure, telling the BBC:

"Right from the beginning we all really believed it's time to inspire another generation to really look outwards and to look to the stars again.

"We hoped that by dramatising science and making it something that could be entertaining for kids we might inspire some of the astronauts of tomorrow - that would be the ultimate goal of the project.

"Films such as Interstellar or Contact or 2001: A Space Odyssey are inspirations for young people.

"A number of people I trained as a physicist with got involved with science because of movies like these. So if you are going to have a film that really does attract young people to science it had best be scientifically accurate."

At the time, the movie sparked debate over its portrayal of worm holes -- theoretical tunnels allowing travel through space and time.

The news will be a payoff for Nolan who worked with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne from the California Institute of Technology (who is also an executive producer of the film) to ensure that the doomsday bonanza maintained its scientific credibility.

Looks like Hollywood has finally figured out a healthy balance between science and science fiction.