Physics and the Force
A long time ago in this very galaxy, a science fiction fairy tale swept moviegoers into an unprecedented cinematic adventure across distant, fantastic worlds.
Star Wars brought together ancient mythological themes with the spirit of a classic American art-form – the Western – to create a different kind of science fiction film, overflowing with adventure, mysticism and romance, but fueled by mind-blowing science and technology.
The universe that director George Lucas created in Star Wars contains a diverse set of worlds and life forms, autonomous robots infused with something like humanity, space ships that travel at the speed of light, and at the center of it all, a powerful, invisible energy field called the Force.
With the latest installment of the fantasy saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in filling theaters now, Georgia Tech researchers (including Petit Institute faculty member Flavio Fenton) discuss the impact, and the science of Star Wars.
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