Interstellar is the sort of movie that polarized its audience. Some people hated it, other people loved it. I’m in the “loved it” category personally, so I’m enjoying all the speculation about its ending and whether or not it’s scientifically accurate.
Luckily, everybody’s favorite cosmologist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, clears some things up in a video provided by Business Insider. Alongside that, in a special issue of Wired magazine, fans of the film will get to know a little bit more about the film’s most unexpected character, Dr. Mann, in the form of a comic written by Christopher Nolan and illustrated by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, be aware the rest of this article contains spoilers!
So the video doesn’t nit-pick every tiny detail of Interstellar‘s science, but it seems to help people understand the idea of time as a fourth dimension. The flow and ebb of time is a huge plot point of the story, so it’s nice to know that it mostly checks out. What happens in the film in the black hole is all theoretical, but isn’t the point of science fiction to imagine what is possible?
Christopher Nolan is also giving a treat to fans in the form of the newest issue of Wired. Completely edited by him, the issue will have a prequel story about Dr. Mann, the scientist who was supposedly the best of them all, but turned out to be a crazy guy who just wanted to go home.
The seven page story is called “Absolute Zero” and tells of when Dr. Mann and his robotic partner KIPP first get to their assigned planet. You can read the whole story on Wired.
The Interstellar-centric issue of Wired comes out November 25th.