61 St Mary's Butts
Dr Hugh Mortimer presents the science of Hollywood
Science fiction has a lot to answer for, Bruce Willis for starters. Not all of the science that comes out of Hollywood is bad, some of it is good while other bits can be just downright ugly. This talk will look at the science behind the fiction and will explain how the fiction can in turn influence the science.
Hugh is a researcher at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where he develops instruments that can tell us information about the atmospheres of planets. This work produces equipment to allow us to investigate, for example, the composition, temperature and pressures of the atmospheres of Earth, the planets in our solar system, and those orbiting stars far far away.
In addition to his day job, Hugh attends national and international meetings and conferences and communicates his work to public audiences. He is also the science adviser to an international art project called Invisible Dust and the Hollywood blockbuster Prometheus.
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