From Space-Time to the Science in “Interstellar,” Tonight on StarTalk

Science and film unite on tonight’s episode of StarTalk, when host Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with director, screenwriter and producer, Christopher Nolan.  Nolan is known for his films that bend the rules of time and space.  His latest film, “Interstellar,” explores a notion of time travel via wormhole that is based in science, and may not be far off in our future.  During the interview tonight, Nolan talks about his fascination with physics and the cosmos and how that influence has translated into his style of filmmaking, and how through his films he hopes to instill future generations with the same flight of imagination.

Neil has often made public comments regarding implausibilities and creative story stretching in big budget sci-fi movies – including Nolan’s own “Interstellar.”  See what Neil has to say about scientific accuracy in films: 

Also on this episode of StarTalk, Neil is joined by comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and special guest Janna Levin, professor in astronomy and physics at Barnard College of Columbia University.  Janna’s work has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of space-time.  Neil and guests discuss Einstein’s theory of relativity, wormholes, black holes, time travel and the possibility of inhabiting new worlds in our universe.

And as always, Bill Nye shares his thoughts as well.  This time he’s weighing in on the idea popularized by science fiction that humanity can one day leave Earth to re-establish civilization on another planet.  Despite advances in space travel that may hint at the possibility, Nye believes that the earth is and will always be where we live, where we belong and where we’ll make our stand.

Don’t miss an all-new StarTalk, tonight at 11/10c!