Repeats every week every Monday until Mon May 17 2021.
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
From the time of early science fiction writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, science fiction has explored the notion of scientific progress and its implications for human society. This course will bring the perspective of current physics and computer science to books and movies from the past few decades. Topics may include starships, time travel, alien contact, cosmic disasters, general artificial intelligence, and the physics of Star Trek. We’ll have fun trashing a few movies as implausible and discover what is actually possible according to current scientific understanding.
Gibor Basri taught in UC Berkeley’s Department of Astronomy for 35 years. His favorite classes were Astro 10 and small seminars, including “The Science in Science Fiction.” He enjoys making science accessible to the general public and has been given the Sagan Award for this talent. He has taught several popular OLLI courses.
This is a Livestream + Recorded Course
Classes stream live at the scheduled day and time
The Zoom link to attend class will be in the Member Dashboard under "My Schedule"
Classes are also recorded — YouTube video links will post weekly on Fridays by noon in the Member Dashboard under "My Course Materials." No Zoom needed to watch!
Course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy until May 29