Into The Wormhole: The Science Of ‘Interstellar’
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.
Christopher Nolan is director, writer, and producer of Interstellar (Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures, 2014), based in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.