MacMurray series “Science in the Movies” begins Sunday

By Nick Kovatch on October 10 at 1:14pm

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Have you ever wondered if that scene in Lethal Weapon 2 with Danny Glover sitting on a toilet bomb could actually happen?

Well, now you can find out at the first installment of the Science in the Movies series, “Duck and Cover! This place is about to blow: explosions in the movies.” It takes place Sunday afternoon at 4:00 in the Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall, located on South Clay immediately north of Freesen Football Field on the MacMurray College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Looking at a half dozen movie clips depicting antimatter to exploding toilets, the event will use the laws of science to look at the explosions in such blockbusters as Die Hard, Angels and Demons, Lethal Weapon 2 and others. Dr. Joanne Budzien, assistant professor of physics at MacMurray, will also explain the chances of being in an explosion, what’s necessary to survive, and realism of the explosions in the film clips.

The Science in the Movies film series continues one Sunday a month through the academic year and examines Hollywood’s depictions of car chases, aliens, monsters, space travel and more. How realistic are they? The series will seek to answer that question by applying the laws of physics and the natural sciences to the silver screen.