Hosted by Adam Weiner

Ever fantasized about being a superhero? Wondered whether it’s really possible to build a suit like Iron Man’s, or what you’d have to do to become a real-life Batman? Do you think gamma radiation could really create an Incredible Hulk?

Join host Adam Weiner for an evening that will explore the “real” physics behind many of your favorite superheroes by connecting the actual science to the superhero fantasy.
His interactive presentation will analyze how the fundamental laws of physics are used, misused and manipulated by our favorite superheroes.

Taking scenes from “Superman” (1978), “Spider-Man” (2002), “The Hulk” (2003), “Spider-Man 3” (2007), “Hancock” (2008), “Iron Man” (2008), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “X-Men: First Class” (2011) and “Thor” (2011), the program will demonstrate how the fictional world of Hollywood movies is also an effective and fascinating springboard into investigating science.

The evening will include conversations with some of the films’ creative teams, who will reveal how many of the scenes were created. Scientists will also be on hand to offer their unique perspectives on the intersection between superhero fiction and current scientific research.

Adam Weiner, author of Don’t Try This at Home! The Physics of Hollywood Movies, currently teaches physics at The Bishop’s School, a private high school in La Jolla, California.

Panelists:
E. Paul Zehr – author, professor and director, Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria
Spencer Cook – animation supervisor (SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN 3)
Sean Carroll – author and senior research associate in physics at Caltech, and science advisor on THOR

Event Information

Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketed seating is unreserved.

Tickets

$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2 at the discounted price).
Tickets on sale starting July 30 online, in person at the Academy Box Office and by mail.
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