Mind Blowing Movie Thought Experiments
The Cracked Podcast #60 January 12, 2015
Last year, Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ took advantage of some of the most up-to-date quantum theory we’ve got, and wove in a story about space travel, time, and relativity.
While that movie went out of its way to include actual science, others just happen upon quantum theory accidentally. Take ‘The Empire Strikes Back’– Luke trains with Yoda for what seems like months in the entire time it takes Han to get through one warp-speed chase. Some might call it a plot hole, but actually could the better explanation be that Luke and Yoda were on a planet that experienced time differently?
This week on the podcast, Cracked editors Jack O’Brien, Michael Swaim, and Soren Bowie explain in layman’s terms some of the basic paradoxes and thought experiments that have come to define quantum theory, and then apply quantum physics to popular movie plot holes.