Apart from their divergent presenting styles, celebrity astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson is something like an American version of Professor Brian Cox. He’s responsible for fact-filled tweets like this:
Last month he described the Millennium Falcon as ‘fake fake’, as opposed to Star Trek’s Enterprise, which he says is ‘fake real’. So when Tyson took to Twitter last week to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was obvious the first thing he would talk about was the physics issues. Here’s what he says about the various problems in
1. He’s a big fan of BB-8…
2. …except when BB-8 is on sand, which is totally unrealistic and rubbish, apparently
3. He’s keen to tell us there’s no sound in a vacuum, even though that’s ancient news/this is a movie
4. The energy in stars destroys more stuff than you’d think.
5. That old ‘parsec’ quibble is back, even though fans say it’s more to do with Han Solo’s insanely daring flying than time
Then Tyson began making some more random observations. For example:
6. The only food with a fractal design is Romanescu broccoli, and Rey eats some
Fractals are complex patterns that repeat themselves on various scales. There’s another example below.
7. Stormtroopers are still filling their nappies
8. Star Wars is one of the few things still using Roman numerals
Wasn’t that informative?