I came across this excellent article through the Tor mailing list. It’s about an intensive week for science fiction writers and editors funded by NASA (I wish I could attend that!) In the article the author, who attended the week, described what he had learned including a description of Jim Verley showing the short film A Private Universe. If you click on that link you can sign up for free and watch a truly stunning film about Physics education. It revealed that most Harvard graduates, in the year surveyed, had the wrong idea about elementary physics like why the Earth has seasons and how the phases of the moon are caused. Wow! It’s less than half an hour and worth watching.
There’s a lot more in the article worth reading if you’re into hard SF. The comments at the end are interesting too.
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