Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics Hollywood's Best Mistakes, Goofs and Flat-Out Dstructions of the Basic Laws of the Universe

ISBN-10: 1402210337

ISBN-13: 9781402210334

Edition: 2007

Authors: Tom Rogers

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-Would the bus in Speed really have made that jump? -Could a Star Wars ship actually explode in space? -What really would have happened if you said ?Honey, I shrunk the kids?? The companion book to the hit website (, which boasts more than 1 million visitors per year, Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics is a hilarious guide to the biggest mistakes, most outrageous assumptions, and the outright lunacy at work in Hollywood films that play with the rules of science. In this fascinating and funny guide, author Tom Rogers examines 20 different topics and shows how, when it comes to filmmaking, the rules of physics are flexible. Einsteins and film buffs alike will be educated and entertained by this wise and witty guide to science in Hollywood.
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The Noble Cause: Striking a Blow for Decency in Movie Physics
Moviemaker Mathematics: How Hollywood Shoots from the Hip
Conservation of Mass and Energy: Is Anything Sacred?
Scaling Problems: Big Bugs and Little People
Inertia and Newton's First Law: Why Blowing Up Spacecraft is a Bad Idea
Newton's Third Law: That Special Hollywood Touch
Creative Kinematics: Explosive Entertainment
Hollywood Bombs: How Filmmaker Physics Misses the Boat
Leaping Logic: Why Moviemakers Say "How High" When the Director Says Jump
Acceleration and Newton's Second Law: How to Get Started, Use Brakes, or Change Direction, Hollywood Style
High-Energy Films: Nuclear Firecrackers, Falling People, and Cars as Weapons
Movie Momentum: The Attractive Force of Glass, Rail-Gun Recoil, and Cosmic Toyotas
JFK and Momentum: Hollywood's Conspiracy to Assassinate History -
Scenes with Real Gravity: Celebrating Disasters with Happy Hollywood Endings
Scenes with Artificial Gravity: The Good, Bad, and Ugly Space Stations
The Movie Merry-Go-Round: How Filmmakers Create Ridiculous Spin
Hollywood Disasters: Global Warming, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Big Winds
The Moviemaker's Cookbook: Cigarettes as Lighters, Exploding Cars, Burning Bugs, and Other Recipes for Foolishness
Wars versus Trek: Forgiving versus Forgetting
All-Time Stupid Movie Physics Classics: "They Said the Physics Were Impossible . . ."
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