11/21/2014

Into The Wormhole: The Science Of ‘Interstellar’

27:43 minutes

Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar." Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment and Paramount Pictures Corporation
Matthew McConaughey in “Interstellar.” Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment and Paramount Pictures Corporation

In 2005, Interstellar was just a glimmer in the eye of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Today, it’s a Christopher Nolan-helmed sci-fi epic, set in a landscape of wormholes, black holes, and tesseracts. Thorne and Nolan join Ira to talk about the process of bringing Thorne’s idea of a story set “on the warped side of the universe” to the big screen…without breaking the laws of physics. Read an excerpt from Thorne’s book The Science of Interstellar.

This simulation by visual effects team Double Negative shows the view from a camera in orbit around a black hole spinning at 0.999 of its maximum possible rate.

Segment Guests

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is director, writer, and producer of Interstellar (Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures, 2014), based in Los Angeles, California.

Kip Thorne

Kip Thorne is a theoretical physicist; executive producer and science advisor on Interstellar (Paramount, 2014); and author of The Science of Interstellar (Norton, 2014), based in Pasadena, California.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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