Bad Movie Physics Hurt Scientific Understanding

A paper published by UCF researchers claims that bad movie physics hurt students’ understanding of real world physics. Some people really do believe a bus traveling 70 mph can clear a 50-foot gap in a freeway, as depicted in the movie Speed. The professors published this paper out of fear that society will pay the price. One of the authors commented on advancements in the past years All the luxuries we have today, the modern conveniences, are a result of the science research that went on in the ’60s during the space race. It didn’t just happen. It took people doing hard science to do it — via Slashdot

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